Scott Marratto

Scott Marratto
"Philosophy is nature in us, the others in us, and we in them."
—Maurice Merleau-Ponty


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  • Associate Professor of Philosophy, Humanities
  • Director of RTC Graduate Program
  • PhD, University of Guelph


Scott Marratto is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Michigan Technological University. His research interests include: twentieth century continental philosophy, especially phenomenology; the history of philosophy, especially ancient Greek thought and German Idealism; philosophical issues in science and technology. He is co-author (with Lawrence E. Schmidt) of The End of Ethics in a Technological Society (McGill-Queens University Press, 2008). He recently published a book entitled The Intercorporeal Self: Merleau-Ponty on Subjectivity (SUNY Press, 2012) in which he examines the contribution of French philosopher Maurice Merleau-Ponty to contemporary discussions of subjectivity, embodiment, language, and our relations with others. His current research is focused on the political implications of contemporary philosophical accounts of spatiality and embodiment. Challenging a prevalent modern idea of the self as, essentially, a discrete, interior consciousness, Marratto has argued that self-consciousness emerges on the basis of the living, expressive movement by which our bodies are situated in a world with others. Beginning from this insight into the fundamentally spatial character of self-consciousness, he critically evaluates neoliberal thinking about selfhood, agency and choice, and proposes new ways of thinking about the spatial and material conditions of political community and human development.        

Research Areas

  • 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy (especially Phenomenology)
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Science and Technology

Books and Book Chapters

  • Marratto, Scott. The Intercorporeal Self: Merleau-Ponty on Subjectivity. Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, 2012. Read More
  • Schmidt, Lawrence E., with Scott Marratto. The End of Ethics in a Technological Society. Montreal: McGill-Queens University Press, 2008. Read More
  • Marratto, Scott. “Russon’s Pharmacy: Desire, Philosophy, and the Ambiguity of ‘Mental Health.’” In Philosophical Apprenticeships: Contemporary Continental Philosophy in Canada, eds. Jay Lampert and Jason Robinson. University of Ottawa Press, 2009: 98-120.
  • Marratto, Scott. “‘This power to which we are vowed’: Ipseity and Language in Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology.” In Time, Memory, Institution: Merleau-Ponty’s New Ontology of Self, eds. Kym Mclaren and David Morris (under review, Ohio University Press).

Recent Presentations

  • Marratto, Scott, "From the Phenomenology of Lived Space to the Ontology of 'Immemorial Depth'", 36th Annual Meeting: International Merleau-Ponty Circle, International Merleau-Ponty Circle, Moorhead, MN, Oral. (September 2011).
  • Marratto, Scott, “Intercorporeity and Objectivity: Toward a Merleau-Pontyan Philosophy of Science,” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, Rochester, NY, Oral. (November 2012).

Recent Courses

  • HU 2700-Introduction to Philosophy
  • HU 3700-Philosophy of Science
  • HU 3702-Philosophy of Religion
  • HU 3701-Philosophy of Technology
  • HU 4700-Special Topics (The Embodied Mind)
  • HU 6060-Special Topics in Philosophy: Language, Writing, Technology