Malpas, Jeff 1958- (J.E. Malpas, Jeffery Edward Malpas)

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Malpas, Jeff 1958- (J.E. Malpas, Jeffery Edward Malpas)


Born August 21, 1958, in Campsie, New South Wales, Australia; son of Joseph Edward (in sales) and Margaret Eva (a homemaker) Malpas; married Margaret Mary Maher (a librarian), February 1, 1979; children: Jonathan Edward, Nicholas Carl. Ethnicity: "Australian." Education: University of Auckland, B.A., 1980, M.A. (with first class honors), 1982; Australian National University, Ph.D., 1986. Politics: "Member of no political party." Religion: "Member of no religion."


Office—Centre for Applied Philosophy and Ethics, School of Philosophy, University of Tasmania, Private Bag 41, Hobart, Tasmania 7001, Australia; fax: 61-03-6226-7847. E-mail—[email protected]


University of Auckland, Auckland, New Zealand, assistant lecturer in philosophy, 1982; University of New England, Armidale, New South Wales, Australia, tutor in philosophy, 1985-89; Murdoch University, Murdoch, Australia, lecturer, 1989-93, senior lecturer, 1993-97, associate professor of philosophy, 1997-99; University of Tasmania, Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, professor of philosophy, director of Centre for Applied Philosophy and Ethics, and Australian Research Council professorial research fellow. Murdoch Human Experimentation Ethics Committee, chair, beginning 1993.


Australian Association of Philosophy, American Philosophical Association.


Australian Research Council grants, 1994, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006; Humboldt research fellow, 1998, 2004.


(As J.E. Malpas) Donald Davidson and the Mirror of Meaning, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 1992.

(As J.E. Malpas; editor and author of introduction) The Philosophical Papers of Alan Donagan, Volume 1: Historical Understanding and the History of Philosophy, Volume 2: Action, Reason, and Value, University of Chicago Press (Chicago, IL), 1994.

(Editor and author of introduction; with Robert C. Solomon) Death and Philosophy, Routledge (New York, NY), 1998.

(As J.E. Malpas) Place and Experience: A Philosophical Topography, Cambridge University Press (New York, NY), 1999.

(Editor and author of introduction; with Mark A. Wrathall) Heidegger, Authenticity, and Modernity: Essays in Honor of Hubert L. Drefus, MIT Press (Cambridge, MA), 2000.

(Editor, with Mark A. Wrathall) Heidegger, Coping, and Cognitive Science, MIT Press (Cambridge, MA), 2000.

(Editor and author of introduction; with Ulrich Arnswald, Jens Kertschner, and Lawrence Schmidt) Gadamer's Century: Essays in Honor of Hans-Georg Gadamer, MIT Press (Cambridge, MA), 2001.

(Editor) From Kant to Davidson: Philosophy and the Idea of the Transcendental, Routledge (London, England), 2002, Routledge (New York, NY), 2003.

Heidegger's Topology: Being, Place, World, MIT Press (Cambridge, MA), 2006.

(Editor, with Steven Crowell) Transcendental Heidegger, Stanford University Press (Stanford, CA), 2007.

Contributor to volumes of essays and to philosophy journals.


Jeff Malpas once told CA: "Although much of my academic training was in so-called ‘analytic’ philosophy, I do not regard myself as working clearly within any particular philosophical tradition, while my work does not itself fit easily in one or another of the traditional philosophical categories. My published writing ranges over topics in philosophy of mind and language, in epistemology and metaphysics, in hermeneutics and phenomenology, in ethics and social theory. A central concern in much of writing, however, has been to understand the way in which philosophy and not just philosophy, but experience and knowledge in general, is grounded in our embodied, oriented locatedness in the world. This has led me to give special attention to the character of place understood as more than mere spatial location, to attempt to give an account of the structure of place as such, and to investigate the way in which place, and our active engagement of place, might be determinative of our very identities as persons. In taking place as a theme my work naturally leads me into a number of areas from geography to poetry, from ecological psychology to anthropology. In this respect, not only do my interests encompass a range of philosophical issues and approaches, but they also extend across a range of subjects and disciplines."



Choice, January, 2000, J. Gough, review of Place and Experience: A Philosophical Topography, p. 949.

Library Journal, March 1, 1995, Terry Skeats, review of The Philosophical Papers of Alan Donagan, p. 75.