Research Cluster

Phenomenology and Existentialism

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This research cluster brings together academics from Philosophy.

Phenomenological and existentialism are central concerns for Philosophy at Essex. Each year we offer at least one MA module in phenomenology and many current PhD students are currently exploring phenomenological approaches to subjects such as perception, ethics and psychiatric disorders.

Our members have published extensivley on Nietzche, Heidegger, Levinas, L√łgstrup, Kierkegaard, Merleau-Ponty, Husserl, Foucault and Derrida. Themes include post-Heideggerian French philosophy, ethics and the phenomenology of depression, moral psychology and agency and on the relationship between phenomenology and art. Members of our research cluster are also published authors.

Academic staff and graduate students working on phenomenology regularly meet in the Werkstatt, a research group in which work in progress is discussed and developed.

Learn more about our members research interests in Phenomenology and Existentialism by exploring their staff profiles. You can also contact members of staff for information on research supervision opportunities.

Our members

Beatrice Han-Pile
Professor, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Agency, medio-passivity and the theological virtues; Foucault and XXth century philosophy, in particular phenomenology
Wayne Martin
Professor, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Philosophy of Psychiatry; Phenomenology (esp Hume, Husserl, Heidegger, Th Lipps, L&oslashgstrup); Kant and post-Kantian idealism (esp Fichte); The history and philosophy of logic; Philosophy and painting; Self-Consciousness; Autonomy and the Regulation of Care; Political Philosophy; Will, Agency and Contract
Peter Dews
Emeritus Professor, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Modernity and the problem of evil; History of German philosophical romanticism and Idealism; Hegel and the Left Hegelians; The Frankfurt School and contemporary Critical Theory; French philosophy from Sartre and Merleau-Ponty to the present; Philosophy and psychoanalysis (especially Lacanian theory)
Matthew Burch
Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Matt works on issues at the intersection of phenomenology; action theory; and research in the cognitive and social sciences.
Fiona Hughes
Senior Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Phenomenology (French and German)
Thomas Khurana
Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Kant and German Idealism; Post-Kantian European Philosophy; Critical Theory and French Philosophy; Social and Political Philosophy; Ethics and Aesthetics; Philosophy of Mind and Action; Projects: The Art of Second Nature; Self-Knowledge and Self-Objectification; The Politics of Life
Irene McMullin
Professor, School of Philosophy and Art History
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Steven Gormley
Lecturer, School of Philosophy and Art History
Research interests: Deconstruction; Critical Theory; Democratic Theory; Political Philosophy
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Professor Beatrice Han-Pile