Dr Daniel Watts

Senior Lecturer
School of Philosophy and Art History
Dr Daniel Watts
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    +44 (0) 1206 872706

  • Location

    5B.125, Colchester Campus

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Dan Watts joined the Department in 2007. He completed his doctoral work in philosophy at the University of Sheffield, having also studied history and philosophy as an undergraduate there. He taught Continental Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin for two years, and then took up a postdoctoral fellowship awarded by the Irish Research Council for Humanities and Social Sciences.


  • BA Sheffield

  • PhD Sheffield

Research and professional activities

Research interests



The theory of judgement

Medical Humanities

Existentialism and phenomenology

Moral and political philosophy and

Philosophy of religion

Current research

Dan is currently working on a book entitled, Thinking Humanly: Kierkegaard on Subjectivity and Thought; and on papers on Kierkegaard on the limits of thought, ethical repetition and truth.

Dan is also Co-Investigator on the three-year AHRC-funded research project, The Ethics of Powerlessness: The Theological Virtues Today.

Teaching and supervision

  • Kierkegaard (PY402)

  • Narrativity, Truth and Flourishing (PY404)

  • Philosophy and Religion (PY407)

  • Kierkegaard (PY946)


Journals (14)

Watts, D., (2017). Kierkegaard on Truth: One or Many?. Mind. 127 (505)

Watts, D., (2017). Rule-Following and Rule-Breaking: Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein. European Journal of Philosophy. 25 (4)

Watts, D., (2017). The Problem of Kierkegaard's Socrates. Res Philosophica. 94 (4)

Watts, D., (2017). Kierkegaard, Repetition and Ethical Constancy. Philosophical Investigations. 40 (4)

Watts, D., (2015). Recent Work on Kierkegaard. British Journal for the History of Philosophy. 23 (1)

Watts, D., (2013). Kierkegaard and the Search for Self-Knowledge. European Journal of Philosophy. 21 (4)

Watts, D., (2013). Kierkegaard and Death. British Journal for the History of Philosophy. 21 (2)

Watts, D., (2013). Review of P Stokes and A J Buben (eds) (2011). Kierkegaard and Death. Bloomington: Indiana University Press. British Journal for the History of Philosophy. 21 (2)

Watts, D., (2012). The Exemplification of Rules: An Appraisal of Pettit’s Approach to the Problem of Rule-following. International Journal of Philosophical Studies. 20 (1)

Watts, D., (2011). Dilemmatic Deliberations In Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling. Faith and Philosophy. 28 (2)

Watts, D., (2010). Subjective Thinking: Kierkegaard on Hegel's Socrates. Hegel Bulletin. 61

Watts, D., (2008). Kierkegaard's Concept of Despair. Journal of Moral Philosophy. 5 (1)

Watts, D., (2007). The paradox of beginning: Hegel, Kierkegaard and philosophical inquiry. Inquiry. 50 (1)

Watts, D., Kierkegaard and the Limits of Thought. Hegel Bulletin

Chapters (1)

Watts, D., (2013). Søren Kierkegaard. In: Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy. Editors: Pritchard, D., . Oxford University Press

Grants and funding


The Ethics of Powerlessness: The Theological Virtues Today

Arts And Humanities Research Council

+44 (0) 1206 872706


5B.125, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

See office door