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Dr Daniel Watts

Senior Lecturer
School of Philosophy and Art History
Dr Daniel Watts
  • Email

  • Telephone

    +44 (0) 1206 872706

  • Location

    5B.125, Colchester Campus

  • Academic support hours

    See office door

Profile

Biography

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.

Qualifications

  • BA Sheffield

  • PhD Sheffield

Research and professional activities

Research interests

Kierkegaard

Open to supervise

Wittgenstein

Open to supervise

The theory of judgement

Open to supervise

Medical Humanities

Open to supervise

Existentialism and phenomenology

Open to supervise

Moral and political philosophy and

Open to supervise

Philosophy of religion

Open to supervise

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

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Kierkegaard (PY402)

  • Narrativity, Truth and Flourishing (PY404)

  • Research in Phenomenology and Existentialism (PY452)

Previous supervision

Min Seong Kim
Min Seong Kim
Thesis title: Processes of Social Change in the Works of Badiou and Laclau
Degree subject: Philosophy
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 19/11/2018
Renee Cecile Fleur Reitsma
Renee Cecile Fleur Reitsma
Thesis title: Nietzsche, Sin and Redemption
Degree subject: Philosophy
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 12/9/2018
Simon Alexander Thornton
Simon Alexander Thornton
Thesis title: The Phenomenology of Moral Agency in the Ethics of K. E. Løgstrup
Degree subject: Philosophy
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 17/1/2018
Alexander David Carter
Alexander David Carter
Thesis title: Freedom and Fatalism in Wittgenstein's 'Lectures on the Freedom of the Will'
Degree subject: Philosophy
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 4/12/2015
Jonathan Richard Wood
Jonathan Richard Wood
Thesis title: Kierkegaard and Korsgaard on the Paradox of Self-Constitution
Degree subject: Philosophy
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 1/7/2015
David Alexander Scott Batho
David Alexander Scott Batho
Thesis title: Heidegger and Perception as a View on the World
Degree subject: Philosophy
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 6/5/2015
Naomi Van Steenbergen
Naomi Van Steenbergen
Thesis title: Reflection and Ruinance: Problems of Phenomenological Method in Early Heidegger
Degree subject: Philosophy
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 25/10/2013
Min Seong Kim
Min Seong Kim
Degree subject: Philosophy
Degree type: Master of Arts (by Dissertation)
Awarded date: 16/1/2012

Publications

Journal articles (16)

Watts, D. and Stern, R., Valuing Humanity: Kierkegaardian Worries about Korsgaardian Transcendental Arguments. International Journal of Philosophy and Theology

Watts, D., (2019). The Fullness of Time: Kierkegaardian Themes in Dreyer's Ordet. Religions. 10 (1), 58-58

Watts, D., (2018). Kierkegaard and the Limits of Thought. Hegel Bulletin. 39 (1), 82-105

Watts, D., (2018). Kierkegaard on Truth: One or Many?. Mind. 127 (505), 197-223

Watts, D., (2017). The Problem of Kierkegaard's Socrates. Res Philosophica. 94 (4), 555-579

Watts, D., (2017). Kierkegaard, Repetition and Ethical Constancy. Philosophical Investigations. 40 (4), 414-439

Watts, D., (2017). Rule-Following and Rule-Breaking: Kierkegaard and Wittgenstein. European Journal of Philosophy. 25 (4), 1159-1185

Watts, D., (2015). Recent Work on Kierkegaard. British Journal for the History of Philosophy. 23 (1), 185-192

Watts, D., (2013). Kierkegaard and the Search for Self-Knowledge. European Journal of Philosophy. 21 (4), 525-549

Watts, D., (2013). Kierkegaard and Death. British Journal for the History of Philosophy. 21 (2), 415-417

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), 415-417

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), 69-90

Watts, D., (2011). Dilemmatic Deliberations In Kierkegaard’s Fear and Trembling. Faith and Philosophy. 28 (2), 174-189

Watts, D., (2010). Subjective Thinking: Kierkegaard on Hegel's Socrates. Hegel Bulletin. 61 (01), 23-44

Watts, D., (2008). Kierkegaard's Concept of Despair. Journal of Moral Philosophy. 5 (1), 166-168

Watts, D., (2007). The paradox of beginning: Hegel, Kierkegaard and philosophical inquiry. Inquiry. 50 (1), 5-33

Book chapters (1)

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

Grants and funding

2014

The Ethics of Powerlessness: The Theological Virtues Today

Arts And Humanities Research Council

Contact

dpwatts@essex.ac.uk
+44 (0) 1206 872706

Location:

5B.125, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

See office door