Olivia Custer completed her Doctorat d’Université at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, working on Kant’s critical philosophy under the supervision of Jacques Derrida. After occupying positions at the American University in Paris and the Collège International de Philosophie, she was a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Humanities at Bard College (New York) from 2007 to 2012. Her research interests gravitate around the question of how to take up Kant’s philosophical legacy; this involves both revisiting Kant’s work to articulate the multiple strands of his thought and identifying the Kantian references used to frame contemporary issues in moral and political philosophy. From a critical perspective informed particularly by the work of Jacques Derrida and Michel Foucault, her recent work investigates the language and narratives of Human Rights discourse.
She is the author of L’Exemple de Kant (Peeters, 2012), and co-author of Sexualité, Genre et Melancholie, (Campagne Première, Paris, 2009). Her most recent publications include “A Certain Truth” in A Companion to Derrida (Blackwell, forthcoming), “Sex” in The Cambridge Foucault Lexicon (Cambridge University Press, 2014) and “Angling for a Stranglehold on the Death-Penalty,” (The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 2012).
Olivia Custer is a Critical Theory visiting scholar, October-November 2014.