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Dr Lucie Mercier

Early Career Researcher in Modern European Philosophy


I am an Early Career Researcher in Philosophy at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at Kingston University. I completed my PhD in Philosophy at the CRMEP at Kingston University, in 2015, under the supervision of Peter Osborne and Etienne Balibar. My doctoral dissertation, titled 'The Inside Passage: Translation as Method and Relation in Serres and Benjamin' focused on the concept and philosophy of translation at the intersection of Walter Benjamin's philosophy of language, Michel Serres's epistemology of science and the reconfiguration of critique in postcolonial times.  The project I am currently working on tackles the problem of the 'crisis of reference' in 1960s French structuralism and at the conflictual threshold between philosophy, race and decolonisation. 

Areas of specialism

  • 1960s French Structuralism and Epistemology
  • Philosophy of translation
  • Critical Race Philosophy and Postcolonialism
  • Michel Serres
  • Water Benjamin
  • Frantz Fanon


  • PhD in Philosophy (CRMEP, Kingston University, 2015)
  • MA in Race and Postcolonial Studies (London School of Economics and Political Science, 2010)
  • BA in Philosophy and History (University of Geneva, 2008)


My philosophical interest spans twentieth-century French and German philosophy, with particular focus on the Frankfurt School and 1960s French philosophy, and the critical theories of race, blackness and decolonization, in and outside the black radical tradition. 

I am interested in the impact and philosophical stakes of the move of race and postcolonial concerns to the forefront of political thought. I am simultaneously developing this problematic into different directions: epistemologically, through the delineation of a 'geopolitics of philosophy'; historically through the standpoint provided by the 1960s moment of French philosophy (structuralism, epistemology and anthropology);  and more speculatively from the angle of the concept and philosophy of translation. 


Number of items: 7.


Mercier, Lucie (2016) Book Review of: 'Dictionary of untranslatables : a philosophical lexicon' by Barbara Cassin (ed.). Theory, Culture & Society, 33(7-8), pp. 355-360. ISSN (print) 0263-2764

Mercier, Lucie (2016) Conference report : Benjamin in Ramallah. Radical Philosophy(196), pp. 60-64. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Mercier, Lucie Kim-Chi [Reviewer] (2016) Fanon's Pantheons. Book Review of 'What Fanon said : a philosophical introduction to his life and thought' by Lewis R. Gordon and 'Frantz Fanon, philosopher of the barricades' by Peter Hudis. Radical Philosophy, 198, pp. 44-46. ISSN (print) 0300-211X

Mercier, Lucie (2015) Introduction to Serres on transdisciplinarity. Theory, Culture & Society, 32(5-6), pp. 37-40. ISSN (print) 0263-2764

Book Section

Mercier, Lucie Kim-Chi (2017) The mathematical anamneses. In: Dolphijn, Rick, (ed.) Michel Serres and the crisis of the contemporary. London, U.K. : Bloomsbury Publishing. (Michel Serres and Material Futures) ISBN 9781350060692 (In Press)

Conference or Workshop Item

Mercier, Lucie (2016) Traduction et histoire : entre relativisme et continuisme. In: La philosophie et son histoire : Un debat actuel; 15 - 17 Sep 2016, Geneva, Switzerland. (Unpublished)


Mercier, Lucie Kim-Chi (2015) The inside passage : translation as method and relation in Serres and Benjamin. (PhD thesis), Kingston University.

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