About

Catherine
Malabou

Philosopher

Catherine Malabou is a philosopher, writer, and researcher. She is affiliated with the Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy (CRMEP) at Kingston University, London as a professor of philosophy, and with the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Irvine.  One of Malabou’s central concepts has been that of “plasticity”: a thinking of how structures and forms of life previously considered rigid are in fact “plastic” and in constant mutation and transformation. In her writing, Malabou forges connections between continental philosophy, empirical neuroscience, epigenetics, literature, and psychoanalysis, among others. She has published widely and her work has been translated into several languages. Some of her recent publications translated into English are What Should We Do With Our Brain? (2009); Ontology of the Accident: An Essay on Destructive Plasticity (2012); The New Wounded: From Neurosis to Brain Damage (2012); Before Tomorrow: Epigenesis and Rationality (2016); and Morphing Intelligence: From IQ Measurement to Artificial Brains (2019). Malabou lives in Paris.

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