Clinton  Debogorski



Graduate Student


St. George,


  • BA, McGill

I was born in northwestern Alberta but spent most of my life further north in Hay River, Northwest Territories, but also in Inuvik, NT and Whitehorse, Yukon.  After completing a degree with honours in philosophy and minor concentration in classics at McGill (2008) I headed back North to drive a big yellow school bus and various diesel-guzzling trucks at an arctic diamond mine, located (more or less illegally) on Dene lands. There, I shuttled workers, tools, and machine parts across the site for an obscene amount of money, and, ultimately, for the sake of extracting shiny stones that mediocre male humans tend to purchase for their disappointed wives or disappointed wives-to-be.

On the philosophical front I am mainly interested in the meaning, material dynamics, and juridico-political repercussions of genocide and settler colonialism, particularly in Canada and the United States. In my dissertation, Dialectics of Canadian Enlightenment, I treat the history of the Canadian Indian Residential School system as a paradigm of false enlightenment, in a critical extension of Adorno’s negative dialectics, Debord’s conception of the society of the spectacle, Heidegger’s phenomenology, Sartre’s anti-colonial writings, Agamben’s radical genealogy of the State, and other threads of Western philosophy. The residential school system of oppressive and genocidal ‘education,’ I argue, stands in inextricable historical connection to other social institutions (including the university), and exemplifies the structure of what I call ‘camp capitalism.’

I am also a tasteless political satirist, a drummer, a lover of books, and an obsessed fan of a select few horror films.

Research Interests:

Continental Philosophy, Ethics, Political Philosophy