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Biography

I joined Roehampton in September 2017.  Before that I was a Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow in Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University. For the academic year 2019-20 I was a Fellow at the Collegium de Lyon, a member of the EURIAS network of institutes of advanced studies.

Research interests

I work on post-Kantian European philosophy, which I often combine with a concern for issues in contemporary metaphysics and the philosophy of mind. I published in 2019 a monograph on Felix Ravaisson, France's most influential philosopher in the second half of the nineteenth century, entitled Being Inclined:Felix Ravaisson's Philosophy of Habit (Oxford University Press. Reviews: NDPR, JHP, EJP, Revue Philosophique, Religion and Theology). I argue that Ravaisson's account of habit as a function of inclination or tendency is original and a viable option in philosophical accounts of the nature of habit. At the same time, I show how Ravaisson's thinking qualifies contemporary ideas about tendencies and inclination in the metaphysics of powers.

I've also recently published the Bergson in the Routledge Philosophers series (Reviews: MindPhilosophyPQ, BJSP, Review of Metaphysics, The European LegacyJHPSAB), and I appeared on BBC Radio 4's In our Time concerning Bergson.

I'm currently editing the Oxford Handbook of Modern French Philosophy (Oxford University Press, with Daniel Whistler, Royal Holloway), Felix Ravaisson's French Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century (Oxford University Press), and The Bergsonian Mind (Routledge, with Yaron Wolf).

My thesis concerned Heidegger (published as Heidegger, Aristotle and the Work of Art, Palgrave 2006), and I have broad interests in modern philosophy. I have translated the work of Heidegger (Interpretation of Nietzsche's Second Untimely Meditation, Indiana University Press, 2016, with U. Haase), Jean Beaufret (Dialogue with Heidegger, 2006), Jean-Francois Lyotard, Ravaisson (Of Habit, Continuum, 2008 with C. Carlisle; Selected Essays, Bloomsbury 2016) and Maine de Biran (Of Immediate Apperception, Bloomsbury 2020).

I currently supervise as Director of Studies two PhD theses: Hongjie Zhu: The Question of Art in the French Spiritualist Tradition: Ravaisson, Séaillles, Bergson and Chris Stocking: Civic education and Deleuzian nomadism.

Teaching

I teach Year 2 Aesthetics and Year 2 Metaphysics in the Autumn term and, in the Spring term, Year 2 Philosophy Text Tutorial Study and Year 1 Early Modern Philosophy. I am the BA Philosophy convenor.

I am keen to supervise post-graduate work in any aspect of post-Kantian European (particularly French) philosophy and in contemporary metaphysics. 

Professional affiliations

I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and a member of the British Philosophical Association.

Education/Academic qualification

Manchester Metropolitan University

… → 2004

Paris Sorbonne (Paris IV)

… → 2000

University of Warwick

… → 1998

External positions

European Science Foundation Expert Review College

Apr 2020 → …

External Examiner, MA Programmes in Philosophy, University of Liverpool

20152019

Management Committee Member, British Society for the History of Philosophy

30 Jun 2014 → …

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