CFS Lecture by Jeff Malpas: "Topology, Hermeneutics and the Transcendental"

Jeff Malpas is Distinguished Professor at the University of Tasmania, as well as a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Latrobe University. Trained as a philosopher, Malpas works across a range of disciplines including the creative arts, architecture, and geography. His work is strongly grounded in post-Kantian thought, especially the hermeneutical and phenomenological traditions, although it also incorporates aspects of analytic philosophy, and is centred on the project of 'philosophical topography' – a mode of inter-disciplinary philosophical inquiry that takes place (or 'topos') as its key concept. He draws on the thinking of a diverse range of thinkers including Hannah Arendt, Albert Camus, Donald Davidson, Martin Heidegger, and Hans-Georg Gadamer. He is co-editor of the Springer series Contributions to Hermeneutics and the Journal for the Philosophy of History.

Focusing on the intimate connection between place and understanding, this talk will explore the consequent interconnection between topology and hermeneutics, and in doing so set out an account of the transcendental as both topological and hermeneutical.