Biography

Office hours: Howard 2.15, Tues. 1-2pm, Wednesday 1pm-2pm

 

I joined Roehampton in September 2017.  Before that I was a Senior Lecturer and Research Fellow in Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Research interests

I work on the history of modern philosophy, particularly French philosophy, often in relation to issues in contemporary metaphysics. I've just finished 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. In it, I argue that Ravaisson's account of habit as a function of inclination or tendency is original and still 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. The book should appear in 2019. I'm currently finishing a book on Ravaisson's most famous philosophical heir, Henri Bergson. I'm writing the Bergson in the Routledge Philosophers series.

 

I wrote my thesis on 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 Untinely Meditation, Indiana University Press, 2016), Jean Beaufret, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Ravaisson and Maine de Biran (Of Immediate Apperception, Bloomsbury 2019).

 

Félix RavaissonThe Actual and the Possible: Modality and Metaphysics in Modern Philosophy (Mind Association Occasional Series)

Qualifications

PhD, Philosophy, Manchester Metropolitan University 2004

DEA (MPhil equivalent), Philosophie, Paris IV (Sorbonne) 2001

MA European Philosophy, University of Warwick, 1998

BA Philosophy, MMU 1997

Teaching

I teach Year 1 (Level 4) Critical Thinking and Logic; Year 2 (Level 5) Metaphysics; Year 2 (Level 5) Epistemology; Year 3 (Level 6) Continental Philosophy. 

I am keen to supervise work in any aspect of post-Kantian European philoosophy and in contemporary metaphysics.

Professional affiliations

I'm Associate Editor at the British Journal for the History of Philosophy and a member of the Management Committee of the British Society for the History of Philosophy.

Research outputs

  1. Bergson: The Routledge Philosophers

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  2. Being Inclined: Felix Ravaisson's Philosophy of Habit

    Research output: Book/ReportBook

  3. Bergson's Philosophy of Art

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

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