Concordia University

David Morris, PhD

Professor, Philosophy

Office: S-M 202-00 
M Annex,
2135 Mackay
Phone: (514) 848-2424 ext. 2505
Website(s): site
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David Morris

My main interests are in phenomenology (esp. Merleau-Ponty) with a focus on the philosophy of the body, mind and nature in relation to current biology and cognitive science. My other interests include Hegel (in relation to 19th century German Idealism), Bergson, and ancient (esp. Aristotle) and modern philosophy. I am currently studying the problem of the genesis of meaning and sense, in relation to biological and perceptual phenomena. This has led me to my book, Merleau-Ponty's Developmental Ontology, in production at Northwestern University Press, in their Studies in Phenomenology and Existential Phenomenology Series. This book focuses on issues of development and ontology in Merleau-Ponty, in relation to current biology and science, and advances my ongoing study of the problem of the genesis of meaning and sense. In turn, this has led to my current project, which pursues new ways of conceptualizing time (and also place) so as to arrive at a new view of meaning as at once intrinsically arising with nature, yet contingently so. This also leads to new ways of thinking about nature.

See my site for my publications; many of my recent ones are on phenomenology or Merleau-Ponty in relation to contemporary biology and other sciences. My book The Sense of Space was published by SUNY Press in 2004. I am co-editor, with Kym Maclaren, of the collection Time, Memory, Institution: Merleau-Ponty’s New Ontology of Self.

I served as Chair of Philosophy from 2010-17 (with a sabbatical in 2014-15). In 2017 I received a Concordia Emerging Academic Leadership Award (Track 1) from the Office of the Provost. I am currently Associate General Secretary of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle and a member of the Advisory Editorial Board of Continental Philosophy Review.


PhD: The University of Toronto (1997)
MA: The University of Toronto (1992)
BA: The University of Toronto (1991)


For the most up to date list of my publications and presentations, please see my site. Many of my publications are available through this page and my Concordia Spectrum pages.

Teaching activities

Current Graduate Students

See below for a list of current supervisees and topics in the Philosophy MA program. I am also on committees of students in our Humanities PhD and Individualized Program.

StudentMajor research paper title or topic
Wills, Justin The Temporality of Mystical Experience: Buber, Levinas, Avila
Ivasecko, Magdalena
TBA, Gesture, Disability and Embodiment in Phenomenology
Gallivan, Laura TBA, The Epistemology of Hope (co-supervised with Matt Barker)
Cameron McIntyre TBA, Hegel on reconciling philosophy with historical particularity
Will O'Shea TBA, Hegel
Kathleen Sherman TBA, Phenomenological Approaches to Wearable Technology

Completed Graduate Students

See below for a list of recently completed supervisees, topics, and placements in the Philosophy MA program. I am also on committees of students in our Humanities PhD and Individualized Program.

StudentMajor research paper or thesis title
Polce, Gabrielle "An Analysis of Time’s Involuntariness in Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology
Through Habits and Their Constructive Interruption" (MRP Sep 2017, Co-Supervisor with E. Angelova)
Rollans, Kay "Being Together with the World: On Metaphoric Expression as a Clue to Merleau-Ponty’s Ontology" (MRP, Aug 2017, Co-Supervisor with M. Fritsch)  
Ramusovic, Zlatan "Negativity and the Individual in the “Comedy” Section of the Phenomenology of Spirit" (MRP, Dec. 2016)    
Leon-Carlyle, Rawb

"What Red is Doing when No One is Looking: Colour, Qualia, and Synesthesia" (MRP)
Philosophy PhD Program, The Pennsylvania State University
Scott, Blake

"Expression, Institution and the Problem of Historicism in Merleau-Ponty", (MRP, August 2016) School of Law (J.D.), U British Columbia
Hensby, Eben

"Heidegger and Derrida on Animals and World: Questioning the Purity of the Animal-Human Difference in The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics" (MRP, June 2015)
Placed in Philosophy PhD Program, University of Guelph
Chelin, Didier
"Repetition, Performativity, and Gender Reversibility: Butler and Merleau-Ponty on the Temporality of the Lived Body" (MRP, September 2014)
McGill law school
Niemyska, Edyta
"Two Senses of Immanence in Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex and Female Body Comportment" (MRP, September 2014)
Mclay, Sarah
"Traumatized Sense-making: On Merleau-Ponty, Traumatic Memory, and Institution" (MRP, August 2014)
Philosophy PhD, University of Oregon
Alarie, Stephane
"Agency and the Speed of Time: Conceptual Contributrions Through Husserl and Recent Neuroscience" (April 2014, MRP)
Wilkins, Emily
"Merleau-Ponty on the Capacity to Bear Freedom: The Hidden Art of Coping" (April 2014, MRP)
Comeau, Fred
"A Phenomenological Critique of Wheeler’s Action-Oriented Representation" (April 2014, MRP)
Computer Science PhD, University of Manitoba
Arnoux, Benjamin
"Movement as Drama: Working toward a Merleau-Pontian Theory of Acting" (April 2013, MRP)
Renner, William
"Collective Cognition: An Enactive Account, Via Concepts of Sympoiesis and Super-organisms" (April 2013, MRP)
Hadisi, Mohammad
Reza Karim
"Kant’s Revisionary Metaphysics: The Role of Non-Conceptual Contents of Cognition in Transcendental
Idealism" (August 2012, MRP)
Philosophy PhD Program, University Illinois at Chicago
Medeiros, Darren
"The Phenomenology of Minimal Actions: Merleau-Ponty on Habit and the Prepersonal." (August 2012, MRP)
Philosophy PhD Program, Rice University
Landreville, Danielle
"Sleep, Lateral Passivity and Divergence in Merleau Ponty's Passivity Lectures" (August 2012, MRP)
Placed in Philosophy PhD Program, University of Guelph
Worthy, Jay
"The Spatial and Temporal Conditions of Dasein as Deseverance: A question of Priority " (2011, MRP)
Philosophy PhD Program, University of Alberta
Martin Rubio, Tristana
"Learning to Dwell: The Role of Lived Space in Experiences of Ageing" (2010, MRP)
Philosophy PhD Program, Duquesne University; awarded Masters in Architecture, Cultural Meditations and and Technology, McGill University (2010-11)

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