Alia Al-Saji

Associate Professor of Philosophy

McGill University


Focus of Dissertation and Advisor

I defended my dissertation - entitled "Rhythms of the Body: A Study of Sensation, Time and Intercorporeity in the Phenomenology of Edmund Husserl" - at Emory in 2002. The dissertation was written under the supervision of Professor David Carr. In it, I argued that the accounts of sensation found in Husserl's works can provide the grounds for a rhythmic and dynamic theory of the lived body.


My current research is in phenomenology and twentieth century French philosophy, and extends from Henri Bergson, Edmund Husserl and Maurice Merleau-Ponty to contemporary thinkers such as Gilles Deleuze and Luce Irigaray.

I have recently published an article on the question of memory in Bergson and Deleuze (" The Memory of Another Past: Bergson, Deleuze and a new theory of time " in Continental Philosophy Review).