Professor Timothy   O'Leary
Head of School

Professor Timothy O'Leary

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Timothy O’Leary is a philosopher who has worked and studied in Ireland, Paris, Hong Kong, and Australia.

His research is in the area of contemporary European philosophy, in particular the work of Michel Foucault. He has published 2 monographs, co-edited 3 volumes (with 1 more coming soon), guest-edited 2 Journal Special Issues, and published many journal articles and book chapters on topics including the work of Michel Foucault, the relations between ethics and aesthetics, the ethical dimensions of literature, and philosophical approaches to happiness. He is co-General Editor of the New Critical Humanities book series with Rowman & Littlefield International. In 2021 he will publish a co-edited collection of essays "The Ends of Critique: Methods, Institutions, Politics" (Rowman & Littlefield, 2021).

In his position as Head of the School of Humanities & Languages at UNSW, he is particularly keen to promote the critical role of the study of humanities and languages in our contemporary world of splintered politics, structural racism and inequality, and a global environmental crisis. He is a UNSW Diversity Champion for Gender; and an LGBTIQ+ ALLY. 

Before coming to UNSW in 2018, he taught philosophy for 17 years at the University of Hong Kong, where he also served as Associate Dean of Arts (Research & Postgraduate), the Head of the School of Humanities, and an elected member of HKU Council.

 

Phone
+61 2 9065 7458
Location
Room 276 Morven Brown Building

Publications

  • Book Chapters | 2014
    Professor Timothy O'Leary
    O'Leary T, 2014, 'Raymond Roussel', in Lawlor L; Nale J (ed.), The Cambridge Foucault Lexicon, Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 676 - 679, http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/CBO9781139022309.117
    Books | 2013
    Professor Timothy O'Leary
    Falzon C; O Leary T; Sawicki J, 2013, A Companion to Foucault, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781118324905
    Book Chapters | 2011
    Professor Timothy O'Leary
    O'Leary T, 2011, 'Foucault', in Schrift AD (ed.), History of Continental Philosophy, volume 6, University of Chicago Press, Chicago
    Books | 2011
    Professor Timothy O'Leary
    O'Leary T, 2011, Foucault and Fiction The Experience Book, Bloomsbury Publishing
    Book Chapters | 2010
    Professor Timothy O'Leary
    O'Leary T, 2010, 'Re-thinking Experience with Foucault', in O'Leary T; Falzon C (ed.), Foucault and Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, pp. 162 - 184
    Books | 2010
    Professor Timothy O'Leary
    O Leary T; Falzon CA, 2010, Foucault and Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell, Chichester, U.K., http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781444320091
    Books | 2010
    Professor Timothy O'Leary
    Falzon CA; O Leary T, 2010, Introduction: Foucault’s Philosophy, O Leary T; Falzon C, (ed.), Wiley-Blackwell, Hoboken, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781444320091.ch
    Book Chapters | 2010
    Professor Timothy O'Leary
    O'Leary T, 2010, 'Rethinking Experience with Foucault', in Foucault and Philosophy, pp. 162 - 184, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/9781444320091.ch8
    Books | 2006
    Professor Timothy O'Leary
    O'Leary T, 2006, Foucault and the Art of Ethics, Continuum, London
  • Journal articles | 2019
    Professor Timothy O'Leary
    Jackson L; O'Leary T, 2019, 'Education and the Hong Kong umbrella movement', Educational Philosophy and Theory, vol. 51, pp. 157 - 162, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00131857.2016.1268523
    Journal articles | 2017
    Professor Timothy O'Leary
    O'Leary T, 2017, 'Critique, ethics, and the apparatus of experience: A foucauldian framework', Frontiers of Philosophy in China, vol. 12, pp. 120 - 136, http://dx.doi.org/10.3868/s030-006-017-0009-4
    Journal articles | 2008
    Professor Timothy O'Leary
    O'Leary T, 2008, 'Governing the tongue: Heaney among the philosophers', Textual Practice, vol. 22, pp. 657 - 677, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09502360802457434
    Journal articles | 2008
    Professor Timothy O'Leary
    O'Leary T, 2008, 'Foucault experience literature', Foucault Studies, pp. 5 - 25, http://dx.doi.org/10.22439/fs.v0i5.1407
    Journal articles | 2008
    Professor Timothy O'Leary
    O'Leary T, 2008, 'Foucault's turn from literature', Continental Philosophy Review, vol. 41, pp. 89 - 110, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11007-007-9073-2
    Journal articles | 2005
    Professor Timothy O'Leary
    O'Leary T, 2005, 'Foucault, Dewey, and the experience of literature', New Literary History, vol. 36, pp. 543 - 557, http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/nlh.2006.0008
    Journal articles | 1996
    Professor Timothy O'Leary
    O'Leary T, 1996, 'Foucault, politics and the autonomy of the aesthetic', International Journal of Philosophical Studies, vol. 4, pp. 273 - 291, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09672559608570835

Awards

Grants

My research has been funded by a large grant from the Hong Kong Research Grants Council.

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