Associate Professor Marguerite La Caze

Associate Professor

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences
+61 7 336 53443


Associate Professor Marguerite La Caze’s research interests include: European philosophy, feminist philosophy, moral psychology, especially the emotions, and aesthetics, including philosophy and film.

Associate Professor La Caze holds a BA (UQ); MA (Melbourne); and PhD (UQ), and is an Australian Research Fellow 2003-2007. She held an ARC Discovery Grant 2015-2018 on ‘Ethical Restoration After Oppressive Violence: A Philosophical Account’ and was a visiting Fellow at the University of Jyväskylä, Finland in 2022.

Her current research projects include:

  • film philosophy and non-violent resistance
  • Ontologies of force: Violence, non-violence, and resistance
  • Hannah Arendt and power
  • Conscientious objection in Terrence Malick's A Hidden Life

Marguerite has successfully supervised 26 PhD and Master’s students on a wide range of topics and is currently supervising students on projects including analogy and philosophical reasoning, authenticity and politics, on the work of Hannah Arendt and Simone de Beauvoir on political judgment, on the emotion of shame, and on non-violence and resistance in Australian and Indian texts.

Research Interests

  • European philosophy
    Including ethics and political philosophy, philosophy of the emotions, and philosophy and film.
  • Feminist philosophy
    Including feminist political theory and ethics.

Research Impacts

Marguerite’s research in European and feminist philosophy, including her monographs, The Analytic Imaginary, Integrity and the Fragile Self, Wonder and Generosity and Ethical Restoration after Communal Violence intersect with the areas of gender studies, philosophy and film, and political science. She has a H-Index of 15 and her joint research on integrity is influential for thought on integrity in the fields of business, education, the environment, health, law, the military, and philosophy. Marguerite’s work on racism has been translated into Brazilian Portuguese and her publication in philosophy of the emotions on envy and resentment has been translated into Turkish:

Her publications on the work of Merleau-Ponty led to her participation in ‘Merleau-Ponty with an Australian Accent’ a video for the series to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the English publication of his Phenomenology of Perception in 1962 for Phenomenology of Perception Around the World, with Dr Marilyn Stendera (Deakin), Dr Ryan Gustafsson (Uni Melb), and Dr. Fiona Utley (UNE). It was curated by Prof. David Morris (Concordia University) for the International Merleau-Ponty Circle and the journal Chiasmi International and launched on the 2nd June, 2022.

In connection with her work on Simone de Beauvoir and as Book Review Editor for the journal Simone de Beauvoir Studies Marguerite moderated this diiscussion on Beauvoir as literary theorist with Toril Moi and Ashley Scheu: Youtube channel.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Arts, University of Melbourne
  • Bachelor of Arts, The University of Queensland


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  • Doctor Philosophy

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  • Doctor Philosophy

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Book Chapter

  • Caze, Marguerite La (2023). The ‘Continental’ Tradition. The Kantian Mind. (pp. 499-512) London: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003406617-57

  • La Caze, Marguerite (2022). Jacques Derrida on death, the death penalty, and mourning. Political theory on death and dying. (pp. 447-457) edited by Erin A. Dolgoy, Kimberly Hurd Hale and Bruce Peabody. New York, NY United States: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9781003005384-45

  • La Caze, Marguerite and Nannicelli, Ted (2021). Introduction. Truth in visual media: aesthetics, ethics and politics. (pp. 1-12) Edinburgh, United Kingdom: Edinburgh University Press. doi: 10.1515/9781474474481-003

  • La Caze, Marguerite (2021). The look of silence and the ethics of atonement. Truth in visual media: aesthetics, ethics and politics. (pp. 104-123) edited by Marguerite La Caze and Ted Nannicelli. Edinburgh, Scotland: Edinburgh University Press.

  • La Caze, Marguerite and Nannicelli, Ted (2021). Introduction. Truth in visual media: aesthetics, ethics and politics. (pp. 1-11) Edinburgh, United Kingdom: Edinburgh University Press.

  • La Caze, Marguerite (2020). Chile 1988: trauma and resistance in Pablo Larraín’s No (2012). Places of Traumatic Memory: A Global Context. (pp. 285-307) edited by Amy L. Hubbell, Natsuko Akagawa, Sol Rojas-Lizana and Annie Pohlman. Cham, Switzerland: Palgrave Macmillan. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-52056-4_14

  • La caze, Marguerite (2020). Hopeless love: Camus and Le Premier Homme. Brill's companion to Camus: Camus among the philosophers. (pp. 435-451) edited by Matthew Sharpe, Maciej Kałuża and Peter Francev. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill. doi: 10.1163/9789004419247_022

  • La Caze, Marguerite (2019). Judging in times of crisis: wonder, admiration, and emulation. The moral psychology of admiration. (pp. 129-148) edited by Alfred Archer and André Grahle. London, United Kingdom: Rowman and Littlefield International.

  • La Caze, Marguerite (2017). Emotional Enlightenment: Kant on love and the beautiful. Rethinking the Enlightenment: Between History, Philosophy, and Politics. (pp. 199-219) edited by Geoff Boucher. Lanham MD, United States: Lexington Books.

  • La Caze, Marguerite (2017). Pretending peace: provisional political trust and sincerity in Kant and Améry. Sincerity in politics and international relations. (pp. 156-172) edited by Sorin Baiasu and Sylvie Loriaux. Abingdon, Oxon United Kingdom: Routledge. doi: 10.4324/9780203762257-11

  • La Caze, Marguerite (2017). Young, Iris Marion: political philosophy. Encyclopedia of the philosophy of law and social philosophy. (pp. 1-5) Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer Netherlands. doi: 10.1007/978-94-007-6730-0_48-1

  • La Caze, Marguerite (2015). The time of possible and impossible reciprocity: love and hate in Simone de Beauvoir. Thinking about love: essays in contemporary continental philosophy. (pp. 186-200) edited by Diane Enns and Antonio Calcagno. University Park, United States: Pennsylvania State University Press.

  • Cox, Damian, La Caze, Marguerite and Levine, Michael (2014). Integrity. The Handbook of Virtue Ethics. (pp. 200-209) edited by Stan van Hooft, Nafsika Athanassoulis, Jason Kawall, Justin Oakley, Nicole Saunders and Liezl Van Zyl. Durham, United Kingdom: Acumen Publishing.

  • La Caze, Marguerite (2014). Promising and forgiveness. Hannah Arendt: key concepts. (pp. 209-221) edited by Patrick Hayden. Durham, United Kingdom: Acumen Publishing.

  • La Caze, Marguerite (2013). Hope and affirmation: an ethics of reciprocity. Jean-Paul Sartre: key concepts. (pp. 206-212) edited by Steven Churchill and Jack Reynolds. Durham, United Kingdom: Acumen Publishing.

  • La Caze, Marguerite (2011). A taste for fashion. Fashion : Philosophy for everyone : Thinking with style. (pp. 199-214) edited by Jessica Wolfendale and Jeanette Kennett. Malden, MA, United States: Wiley-Blackwell. doi: 10.1002/9781444345568.ch13

  • La Caze, Marguerite (2011). Existentialism, Feminism and sexuality. The Continuum companion to existentialism. (pp. 155-174) edited by Felicity Joseph, Jack Reynolds and Ashley Woodward. London, United Kingdom: Continuum.

  • La Caze, Marguerite (2011). The miraculous power of forgiveness and the promise. Action and appearance: Ethics and the politics of writing in Hannah Arendt. (pp. 150-165) edited by Anna Yeatman, Phillip Hansen, Magdalena Zolkos and Charles Barbour. London, United Kingdom: Continuum.

  • La Caze, Marguerite (2010). Feminist philosophy. A Companion to Philosophy in Australia and New Zealand. (pp. 184-188) edited by Graham Oppy and Nick Trakakis. Clayton, VIC, Australia: Monash University Publishing.

  • La Caze, Marguerite (2010). The Judgment of the Statesperson. Power, judgment and political evil : In conversation with Hannah Arendt. (pp. 71-87) edited by Andrew Schaap, Danielle Celermajer and Vrasidas Karalis. Farnham, England ; Burlington, VT: Ashgate Publishing. doi: 10.4324/9781315601854

  • La Caze, M M (2006). Should Radical Evil be Forgiven?. Forensic Psychiatry: Influences of evil. (pp. 273-293) edited by T Mason. Totowa: Humana Press. doi: 10.1007/978-1-59745-006-5_14

  • La Caze, M M (2006). Spitting the Difference: Between Young and Fraser on indentity politics'. Feminist Alliances. (pp. 151-163) edited by L Burns. New York: Rodopi.

  • La Caze, M. M. (2004). If You Say So: Feminist Philosophy and Antiracism. Racism in Mind. (pp. 261-298) edited by M. P. Levine and T. Pataki. New York: Cornell University.

  • Cox, Damian, Levine, Michael and La Caze, Marguerite (2001). Integrity.

  • La Caze, M. (2000). Analytic Imaginary. Michèle Le Doeuff: Operative Philosophy and Imaginary Practice. (pp. 61-80) edited by Max Deutscher. Humanities Books: Amherst.

  • La Caze, M. (2000). Sublimation, Love, and Creativity. The Analytic Freud: Philosophy and Psychoanalysis. (pp. 261-276) edited by Michael Levine. London: Routledge.

Journal Article

Edited Outputs

  • Marguerite M. La Caze, Birgit Christensen and et al. eds. (2002). Beauvoir and the Two Ends of Life. Symposium of the International Association of Women Philosophers, Zurich, Switzerland, 2000. Zurich, Switzerland: Chronos Verlag.

Other Outputs

  • La Caze, Marguerite (2011). Simone de Beauvoir.

  • La Caze, Marguerite (2011). The look.

  • La Caze, Marguerite (1996). The analytic imaginary. PhD Thesis, School of History, Philosophy, Religion & Classics, The University of Queensland. doi: 10.14264/uql.2014.544

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

Completed Supervision