Dr Matheson Russell

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy in the School of Humanities

Dr Matheson Russell

Matheson Russell was born in Sydney and studied as an undergraduate at the University of Sydney, where he developed a passion for French and German philosophy. After completing his PhD on the thought of the German philosopher Martin Heidegger and publishing a book on the phenomenology of Edmund Husserl, he came to the University of Auckland to take up a position as Lecturer in Philosophy.

“My research career began with German phenomenology, Husserl and Heidegger, but over the past decade I have evolved into a critical theorist. These days I’m mostly interested in understanding how social and political communication works.

“For instance, over the past couple of decades there has been a resurgence of interest in participatory democracy. But what should we expect democratic participation to look like? ‘Deliberative democrats’ believe that participation should look like a robust but respectful conversation. Yet we don’t see much robust and respectful conversation going on in the chambers of parliament, in the media, or in the streets. Should we conclude that our democracy is a sham? Or is something else going on in these political interchanges?

“I enjoy working alongside graduate students who are asking questions at the cutting edge of social and political theory. And I firmly believe that the intellectual legacy of Frankfurt School critical theory is as relevant today as ever.

“But whatever the area of philosophy, I always value the opportunity to read the great thinkers with students and to continue the challenging work of reflecting on the insights and oversights of our intellectual heritage.”
 

Dr Matheson Russell


Dr Matheson Russell

Philosophy
School of Humanities
Phone: + 64 9 373 7599 ext. 83940
Email: m.russell@auckland.ac.nz

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