Dr. Melanie Walton received her Ph.D. in 2009 from Duquesne University after successfully defending her dissertation, “Expressing the Inexpressible: Bearing Witness in Jean-François Lyotard and Pseudo-Dionysius,” which fundamentally concerned the questions provoked by a witness to an event that evades testimony, namely, the legal and logical injunctions charged by historical revisionists against witnesses to the holocaust, for the former, and how reason can silence the faithful’s testimony of God, for the latter. Her area of specialization is historically focused on questions linking late modern and contemporary Continental philosophy with the Neoplatonism and mysticism of late antiquity and the early middle ages. Such specialization has led her areas of competency across the canon on questions of lived-experience and the expression of meaning. Recent and forthcoming presentations and publications include works on confession in Augustine and Heidegger, myth in Lyotard, difference and communication in Lyotard and Deleuze, sublimity and beauty in Kant and Cocteau’s Beauty and the Beast, racism and sexism in the films of Lars von Trier and Craig Brewer, the hanging gardens of Babylon as a physical and mythic landscape, and the phenomenology of guerilla gardening.
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