Welcome to the website of Carleton B. Christensen.
I am a philosopher in the School of Philosophy at the Australian National University.
I have written a number of papers on different topics, not all of them strictly or mainstream philosophical. But I would like to make them widely accessible, for which reason I have posted them to this site.
I have also provided some of the course materials I have used for teaching in different courses at different universities.
I specialise in German philosophy, particularly Husserl and Heidegger, as well as the philosophy of technology & sustainability. But I also have a background in analytical philosophy, Descartes, Kant, Marx and Critical Theory.
See the about page for more on me.
I am starting a blog!
Blogging functionality has been added to my website in order to enable me to post quick comments on diverse matters, e.g., responses to comments received on papers or course materials; and comments on topical issues, e.g., concerning development in Canberra. For example, I hope soon to post some replies to comments made on the op ed I recently published in The Riot ACT! See Barr’s fast track from Bush Capital to concrete jungle.
Muss die Gegebenheit des Subjekts eine Gegebenheit als Subjekt sein?
Dieses Paper bildet den Text eines Vortrags, den ich am 22.sten Juni, 2018, auf dem Workshop „Philosophischer Askriptivismus“ (21..sten bis 22..sten, 2018) an der Westfälischen Wilhelms-Universität, Münster, gehalten habe.
Abstractly Human Labour and the Reduction Problem
In Das Kapital Marx distinguishes between concrete and abstract labour. But what is abstract labour? In Section 1 I develop an explicitly normative account of this notion and argue that such a reading is essential for understanding what motivates the labour theory of value, not just of Marx himself but in general. Then, in Section 2, I use this normative reading in order to reconstruct…
What is Species-Being?—Towards a Full Rehabilitation of the Concept of Alienation
In her book Entfremdung—Zur Aktualität eines sozialphilosophischen Problems, Rahel Jäggi argues that critical theory needs to rehabilitate the concept of alienation. I would strengthen her claim: critical theory must not only recover this concept, it must, unlike Jäggi, construe alienation as bound up with the nature of work under capitalist relations of exchange, hence production. Alienation is first and foremost alienated labour. Recovering a notion…