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Dr Philippe Lynes

Addison Wheeler Research Fellow

Addison Wheeler Research Fellow in the Department of English Studies


Lynes is an Addison Wheeler Fellow in the Department of English Studies at Durham University. He held a 2021-2 Visiting Scholar in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Harvard University, and held the 2017-8 Fulbright Canada Visiting Research Chair in Environmental Humanities at the University of California, Irvine, after earning his Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Concordia University in Montréal, Québec in 2016. His research situates itself at the intersections of the environmental humanities, continental philosophy and ecocriticism. Lynes is the author of Futures of Life Death on Earth: Derrida's General Ecology (Rowman & Littlefield International, 2018) and the two-volume Dearth: Deconstruction after Speculative Realism, currently under review with Northwestern University Press. He is co-editor (with Matthias Fritsch and David Wood) of Eco-Deconstruction: Derrida and Environmental Philosophy (Fordham University Press, 2018) and (with Timothy Clark) of the Oxford Literary Review special issue What Might Eco-Deconstruction Be? (2023) Lynes is also a translator and editor of French philosophy and literature, notably of the work of Jacques Derrida and Maurice Blanchot, and is an associate editor of the journal Derrida Today. He is currently working on two books, Ecologies of Emptiness, on the Kyoto School, and an introductory book on The Environmental Posthumanities.

Research interests

  • Continental Philosophy
  • Deconstruction
  • Ecocriticism
  • Environmental Humanities
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • French Literature
  • New Materialism
  • Posthumanism
  • Speculative Realism


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