Concordia University

David Morris, PhD

Department Chair & Professor, Philosophy

Office: S-M 202 
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 a  book project, Merleau-Ponty's Developmental Ontology, that focuses on issues of development and ontology in Merleau-Ponty, in relation to current biology and science. My most recent publications are on: reversibility, expression, perception, animals, faces, embryology and ontology in Merleau-Ponty; organisms in Kant; embodied cognition; animals and humans, in relation to the problem of mind and body; method in Husserl, Bergson, and Peirce. My book The Sense of Space was published by SUNY Press in 2004.

I am currently Associate General Secretary of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle


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
Ramusovic, Zlatan "Negativity and the Individual in Hegelian Comedy" (MRP)
Ivasecko, Magdalena
TBA, Gesture, Disability and Embodiment in Phenomenology
Rollans, Kay TBA, Derrida and Merleau-Ponty on Expression (co-supervised with Matthias Fritsch)
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

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
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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