Associate Professor Matheson Russell

BA(Hons) (Sydney), PhD (NSW), PGDipTheol (Oxford)

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Matheson Russell has expertise in 20th century French and German philosophy, and social and political philosophy. He has published on the work of Edmund Husserl, Martin Heidegger, and Jürgen Habermas. His current research is in political philosophy, with a focus on theories of deliberative democracy, public argumentation, and political epistemology.

Matheson is currently the Convenor for Philosophy. He is also a member of the Advisory Group for the Critical Theory Network

Research | Current

Areas of research interest:

  • Critical theory in the Frankfurt School tradition, especially Jürgen Habermas
  • Philosophy of intersubjectivity and recognition
  • The pragmatics of communication
  • Social and political philosophy
  • Deliberative democracy

Matheson's research career began with German phenomenology, Husserl and Heidegger, but over the past decade his philosophical interests have expanded to include critical theory, political theory, and, more recently, social epistemology. These days he is mostly concerned with understanding how social reasoning and political communication functions.

Matheson is the author of:

Habermas and Politics: A Critical Introduction (EUP, 2019) 

Husserl: A Guide for the Perplexed (Bloomsbury, 2006) 

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Teaching | Current

PHIL 218 / PHIL 338 Problems in Epistemology

PHIL 225 / PHIL 345 Power, Critique and Emancipation 

Postgraduate supervision

Current PhD supervision:

  • Matt Perryman, "Human goodness and natural goodness: a study of the human being in the ethics of Philippa Foot and Charles Taylor"
  • Lars Ivarsson, "A democratic form of life: Axel Honneth and the future of socialism"
  • Fifi Wong, "Heidegger's concept of world-disclosure: A pragmatic reinterpretation"
  • Mackenzie Groff, "Home, exile and nostalgia"

As co-supervisor:

  • Zach Penman, "Decolonalising cosmopolitanism"
  • Andrew Madjar, "Teachers' lived experience of pedagogical constraint"



Convenor for Philosophy

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

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  • Russell, M. (2019). Habermas and politics : a critical introduction. Edinburgh, U.K.: Edinburgh University Press. Pages: 224. Related URL.
  • Russell, M. (2017). Habermas and the ‘Presupposition’ of the common objective world. Metodo: International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy, 5 (1), 171-203.
  • Russell, M. (2017). Axel Honneth and Jacques Rancière, Recognition or Disagreement: A Critical Encounter on the Politics of Freedom, Equality, and Identity. K. Genel and J.-P. Deranty eds. [Book review]. Canadian Society for Continental Philosophy
  • Russell, M. (2016). Polemical speech and the struggle for recognition. Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy, 26, 157-175.
  • Russell, M. S., & Montin, A. (2015). The Rationality of Political Disagreement: Rancière's Critique of Habermas. Constellations: an international journal of critical and democratic theory, 22 (4), 543-554. 10.1111/1467-8675.12174
  • Russell, M. S. (2014). The Politics of the Third Person: Esposito's Third Person and Ranciere's Disagreement. Critical Horizons, 15 (3), 211-230. 10.1179/1440991714Z.00000000032
  • Sinnerbrink, R., & Russell, M. S. (2014). Black Swan: A History of Continental Philosophy in Australian and New Zealand. In G. Oppy, N. Trakakis (Eds.) A History of Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand. Dordrecht: Springer.
  • Various authors (2013). Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy - ASCP 2012 Special Issue. Related URL.


Contact details

Primary office location

ARTS 1 - Bldg 206
Level 4, Room 435
New Zealand

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