Simon B Duffy

Humanities (Philosophy)

Senior Lecturer


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Dr Simon B Duffy received a PhD in Philosophy at the University of Sydney in 2003 after a Diplôme d’Etudes Approfondies (MPhil equivalent) in Philosophy at the Université de Paris X-Nanterre (1999). He has taught at the University of Sydney, the University of New South Wales and the University of Queensland, where he was a postdoctoral fellow in Philosophy at the Centre for the History of European Discourses. Prior to joining Yale-NUS College, Dr Duffy was an ARC Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney.

Dr Duffy’s main areas of research are in early modern philosophy, modern and contemporary European philosophy, and the history and philosophy of science. His current research interests include: Deleuze’s engagement with the thinkers of the early modern and modern periods, specifically Spinoza, Leibniz, Kant, Maimon and Hegel; and research on the relationship between mathematics and philosophy in both analytic and recent European philosophy.

Dr Duffy is the author of Deleuze and the History of Mathematics: in defense of the new (Bloomsbury, 2013) and The Logic of Expression: Quality, Quantity and Intensity in Spinoza, Hegel and Deleuze (Ashgate, 2006). He is editor of Virtual Mathematics: the logic of difference (Clinamen, 2006), and co-editor with Sean Bowden of Badiou and Philosophy (EUP, 2012). He is also translator of Albert Lautman’s Mathematics, Ideas and the physical real (Continuum, 2011).

Dr Duffy has been published in the journals International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Angelaki: Journal of Theoretical Humanities, Paragraph: A Journal of Modern Critical Theory, Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, Deleuze and Guattari Studies, and Intellectual History Review. He has also translated a number of Gilles Deleuze’s Seminars on Spinoza.

Philosophy and Political Thought
Phenomenology & Existentialism
Late 20th Century French Philosophy