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Brett Buchanan

Brett Buchanan
Dean of Arts
Professor of Philosophy
Office: HA 224
Phone: 780.479.9392

Education

  • PhD, Philosophy (2006), DePaul University
  • MA, Theory & Criticism (1999), University of Western Ontario
  • BA (Hons), Psychology (1997), University of Alberta

Teaching and Research Interests
I am a philosopher with broad interdisciplinary interests, and teaching and research expertise in contemporary continental philosophy, ethics, environmental humanities, and animal studies. I am currently finalizing a translation of L’animalité by Dominique Lestel, researching the philosophical ethology within the “nature fakers” controversy, and writing, somewhat tentatively, a creative work on cross-country skiing.

I was appointed Dean of Arts in 2022, with a faculty appointment to the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. Before arriving at CUE I was a tenured Full Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies at Laurentian University from 2006-2021. From 2014 to 2020 I was the Director of the School of the Environment (a unit that included Archaeology, Environmental Science, Environmental Studies, Études de l’environnement, and Science Communication), and I was previously Chair of the Department of Philosophy (2009, 2010, 2013-2015). I was also affiliated with Laurentian’s Humanities M.A. and the Human Studies Ph.D., graduate programs through which I supervised students. In 2015 I was a Visiting Fellow at Curtin University in Perth, Australia, where I was able to pursue research projects with colleagues in philosophical ethology, and during a six-month sabbatical in 2017 I was a Visiting Researcher in the Department of Philosophy at the École normale supérieure in Paris. During spring and summer of 2021 I was an Environmental Humanities Visiting Research Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (IASH) at the University of Edinburgh (a virtual fellowship due to COVID19). During 2021-2022 I was a Visiting Scholar in the Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism (CSTC) at Western University. For more information, please see my personal website.

Recent Publications

BOOKS

——. Lestel, Dominique. Animality. Translated and Introduced by Brett Buchanan. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, “Animalities” Series. Under Contract.

2016. Despret, Vinciane. What Would Animals Say if We Asked the Right Questions? Translated by Brett Buchanan. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, “Posthumanities” Series.

2008. Buchanan, Brett. Onto-Ethologies: The Animal Environments of Uexküll, Heidegger, MerleauPonty, and Deleuze. Albany, NY: SUNY Press. 223pp. (Environmental Philosophy and Ethics Series.)

EDITED BOOKS & JOURNAL ISSUES

2021. Buchanan, Brett, Matthew Chrulew, and Michelle Bastian (eds). Field Philosophy and Other Experiments. London: Routledge Press, 2021. **(NB. Reprint of parallax issue)

2018. Buchanan, Brett, Matthew Chrulew, and Michelle Bastian (eds). “Field Philosophy and Other Experiments.” parallax 24:4 (2018). 2018. Bussolini, Jeffrey, Brett Buchanan, and Matthew Chrulew. The Philosophical Ethology of Roberto Marchesini. London: Routledge Press, 2018. **(NB. Reprint of Angelaki issue)

2018. Buchanan, Brett, Matthew Chrulew, and Jeffrey Bussolini (eds). The Philosophical Ethology of Vinciane Despret. London: Routledge Press, 2018. **(NB. Reprint of Angelaki issue)

2018. Chrulew, Matthew, Jeffrey Bussolini, and Brett Buchanan (eds). The Philosophical Ethology of Dominique Lestel. London: Routledge Press, 2018. **(NB. Reprint of Angelaki issue)

2016. Bussolini, Jeffrey, Brett Buchanan, and Matthew Chrulew (eds.). Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Special Issue: Philosophical Ethology III: Roberto Marchesini. 21.1.

2015. Buchanan, Brett, Matthew Chrulew, and Jeffrey Bussolini (eds.). Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Special Issue: Philosophical Ethology II: Vinciane Despret. 20.2 (2015).

2014. Chrulew, Matthew, Jeffrey Bussolini and Brett Buchanan (eds.). Angelaki: Journal of the Theoretical Humanities, Special Issue: Philosophical Ethology I: Dominique Lestel. 19.3 (2014).

ARTICLES & CHAPTERS

2019. Buchanan, Brett. “Foreword: Philosophizing with Animals,” Jakob von Uexküll and Philosophy: Life, Environments, Philosophy. Eds. Francesca Michelini and Kristian Köchy. London: Routledge Press, 2019.

2019. Buchanan, Brett. “All Animals’ Land,” No Man’s Land: L’homme a-t-il encore sa place?. Ed. Marion-Laval Jeantet. Montreuil, FR: CQFD, 2019.

2019. Buchanan, Brett. “New Environmentalisms: The Anthropocene and Other Climate Stories,” The New World Disorder: Challenges and Threats in an Uncertain World. Eds. JL Black, Michael Johns, and Alanna Theriault. Lexington Press, 2019.

2018. Buchanan, Brett. “The Surprise of Field Philosophy: Philosophical Encounters with Animal Worlds.” parallax 24:4 (2018): 392-405. DOI: 10.1080/13534645.2018.1546717

2018. Buchanan, Brett, Michelle Bastian, and Matthew Chrulew. “Introduction: Field Philosophy and Other Experiments.” parallax 24:4 (2018): 383-391. DOI: 10.1080/13534645.2018.1546715

2017. Buchanan, Brett. “Precarious Communities: Towards a Phenomenology of Extinction,” Ontologies of Nature: Continental Perspectives and Environmental Reorientations, Eds., Marjolein Oele and Gerard Kuperus. Cham: Springer Publishing, 2017.

2017. Buchanan, Brett. “Essere-per-l’estinzione,” Trans. Lucia Zaietta. Animal Studies: Fenomenologia e Animalità I. Eds. Luca Vanzago and Lucia Zaietta. Roma: Novalogos (2017): 65-79.

2016. Buchanan, Brett. “Maestro Latour,” Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities, Vol 4 (1), 2016: 124-129. DOI: 10.5250/resilience.4.1.0124

2016. Buchanan, Brett. “Bear Down: Resilience and Multispecies Ethology,” The Routledge Companion to the Environmental Humanities, eds. Ursula K. Heise, Jon Christensen, and Michelle Niemann. London: Routledge Press, 2016.