After studying at the the University of Paris-Sorbonne and the Ecole Normale Supérieure at Fontenay Saint-Cloud, I passed the "agrégation" of Philosophy and wrote my PhD at the Ecoles des Hautes Etudes under the supervision of Jacques Derrida. I then became a Maître de Conférences at the University of Paris-Nanterre. I was appointed as a professor of philosophy at the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy at Kingston University in 2011. In 2016, I was appointed at the University of California at Irvine in Comparative Literature and European Languages and Studies. This one semester chair is the one previously attributed to Jacques Derrida.
Professor of Philosophy at the CRMEP
For many years now, I have explored the concept of plasticity. Starting with the philosophy of Hegel (Hegel is the first philosopher to confer plasticity the diginity of a concept), I then extended my research to contemporary neurobiology, in which plasticity is a central concept. Neural plasticity designates the ability of the brain to shape iself under the influence of experience, education and culture, but also of accidents and trauma. In my book The New Wounded, I proposed a rereading of Freud in the light of the most recent neuro-psychoanalytic studies an redefinition of traumatic events.
More recently, I was interested in speculative realism and wrote book (After Tommorrow, Epigenesis and Rationality, 2016). My last book (Columbia UP, 2019) is Morphing Intelligence, From IQ Measurement to Artificial Brains.
Malabou, Catherine and Shread, Carolyn [Translator] (2018) The animal rationale that is Jacques Derrida : a response to "Of Biodeconstruction". Postmodern Culture, 29(1), ISSN (online) 1053-1920
Malabou, Catherine (2017) The brain of history or the mentality of the Anthropocene. SAQ : South Atlantic Quarterly, 116(1), pp. 39-53. ISSN (print) 0038-2876
Malabou, Catherine (2016) Philosophers, Biologists, Philosophers, Biologists: Some More Effort If You Wish to Become Revolutionaries! Response to Norman MacLeod. Critical Inquiry, 43(1), pp. 200-206. ISSN (print) 0093-1896
Malabou, Catherine (2016) Before and above : Spinoza and symbolic necessity. Critical Inquiry, 43(1), pp. 84-109. ISSN (print) 0093-1896
Malabou, Catherine (2015) One life only: Biological resistance, political resistance. Critical Inquiry, ISSN (online) 1539-7858
Malabou, Catherine (2017) Power and performance at play : a question of life or death. In: Street, Anna , Alliot, Julien and Pauker, Magnolia, (eds.) Inter views in performance philosophy: crossings and conversations. London, U.K. : Palgrave Macmillan. pp. 127-138. (Performance philosophy) ISBN 9781349951918