Department of Philosophy and the College
Raoul Moati’s principal interests include phenomenology, continental philosophy, the philosophy of language, and metaphysics. His research primarily deals with the philosophical conflict between deconstruction and ordinary language philosophy. His first book, Derrida/Searle, deconstruction et langage ordinaire, focuses on Derrida’s and Searle’s controversy about Austin. A systematic work on Derrida and ordinary language, Derrida et le langage ordinaire, is to be published in 2014.
In the most recent phase of Moati’s scholarship, he seeks to challenge the continental claim of the so-called “end of metaphysics.” For Moati, this deconstructive claim is based on a questionable understanding of the concept of metaphysics. He attempts to problematize this question in his latest book, published in 2012, which consists of a very close reading of Levinas’s masterpiece Totality and Infinity (Evénements Nocturnes, Essai sur Totalité et Infini).
Moati received his PhD from the Université de Paris I Panthéon- Sorbonne, where he also taught for several years. He participated in a postdoctoral research program at Jan van Eyck Academie in Maastricht, The Netherlands. Moati is an associate member of the Husserl Archive (École Normale Supérieure, Paris) and of the Institute Marcel Mauss at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS).
Moati joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2013.