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Stephen Mulhall is a philosopher and Fellow of New College, Oxford. He received a BA in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics at Balliol College, Oxford in 1983. He then pursued an MA in Philosophy from The University of Toronto in 1984. Between 1984 and 1988 he attended Balliol College and All Souls College, Oxford for his Ph.D. in Philosophy. From 1986 to 1991 he was a Prize Fellow at All Souls College and in 1991 he became a Reader of Philosophy at the University of Essex. From 1998 to the present he has been a fellow at New College, Oxford. In 2008 he was awarded the title of 'Professor of Philosophy.'
He is the author of numerous books including »Stanley Cavell: Philosophy’s Recounting of the Ordinary« (Oxford University Press 1994), »Heidegger and Being and Time« (Routledge 1996), »Wittgenstein' Private Language« (Oxford University Press 2006), and most recently »The Self and Its Shadows: A Book of Essays on Individuality as Negation in Philosophy and the Arts« (Oxford University Press 2013). Among his recent papers are “Sharing a Dream of Scepticism: Parasitism, Plagiarism and Fanaticism in Christopher Nolan's »Inception«,“ “Cinematic Repetition and How to Avoid it: Sequels, Prequels and Prometheus,“ and "Heidegger's Fountain: Mimesis, Ecstasis and Engrossment in The Origin of the Work of Art.“
In regard to film he is especially known for his book »On Film« first published in 2002 (a second edition was published 2008), in which he focuses on the “Alien” series and shows that even in films that do not explicitly raise philosophical themes, or advertise themselves as "philosophical" can be understood as philosophical “texts” in their own right.
His research interests are, amongst other, Ludwig Wittgenstein, post-Kantian philosophy (especially Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger), Philosophy of film, philosophy of literature, and philosophy of religion.
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