PhD Students (Current and Recently Completed)
Faculty members are interested in supervising PhDs in many areas of philosophy, including, but not limited to: Philosophy of Nature, Feminist Philosophy, Phenomenology, Political Philosophy, Critical Theory, Continental Aesthetics, Contemporary realisms and materialisms. If you are interested in applying to study towards a PhD in Philosophy at UWE, click here, and in the first instance write to your prospective supervisor to express your interest. (See the Staff pages for contact details).
Jeremy Dunham (completed): ‘Leibnizian Metaphysics: Ideas, Forces, and Monads’.
This thesis is a study of the various attempts by 19th and early 20th century philosophers to reconstruct elements of Leibniz’s Monadology in response to the criticisms of metaphysics developed by Hume and Kant.
Simon Mills (completed): 'Causality, Ontogenesis and Technology: The Philosophy of Gilbert Simondon'
Cecile Malaspina (with University of Paris VII) (completed)
Chris Hose: 'Attempts at Meaning Beyond the Animal - Nature and the Possibility of Value'
The PhD is concerned with examining the question 'What is Nature?' through the philosophy of Alfred North Whitehead and attempting to construct a conception of nature that allows nature to have inherent value without having to disregard the specialized knowledge that science has given us of the natural world. It will have a special focus on the role of self-organization.
Lynn Hubbard: 'The Influence of Plotinus on Bergson’s Philosophy'
Émile Bréhier, who attended Bergson’s lectures on Plotinus, commented that: “Plotinus is one of the very rare philosophers with whom Bergson felt an affinity… he treated him, as if he recognised himself in Plotinus.” Despite Bergson’s affinity with Plotinus, the only Bergson scholar to publish a comprehensive work on the significance of Plotinus on Bergson's philosophy is Rose-Marie Mossé-Bastide. Her work ('Bergson et Plotin'), published in 1959 and written in French, is no longer in print and has never been translated into English. Since then, only a few journal articles have specifically addressed the Plotinus/Bergson relationship, whilst an abundance of literature has contributed significantly to the understanding of the individual work of both Plotinus and Bergson. The aim of this project is to provide, for the first time, a comprehensive English commentary on the influence of Plotinus on Bergson’s philosophy.
Rauli Nykanen: 'Kant and Space'
Jools Moon: 'Grounding Experience, Ungrounding Nature'
My research into Schelling’s Naturphilosophie poses the problems of an inclusive concept of nature in a contemporary setting – testing modern concepts of nature, arising from both science and philosophy, against Schelling’s statement that ‘nature does not exist for it’. I aim to ground the assumption that nature can patently be neither merely that which appears before the senses nor that which is recollected by reason. Following this assumption to its necessary outcomes of which perhaps we can say this: 1) it entails challenging the notion that philosophy has become or is a handmaiden to the sciences, 2) it follows a conception of nature as production with an inherent concept of creation that can be traced historically as theologically expressed, and 3) it addresses the failings resulting from an inadequate concept of nature, that does not obtain reality or in-itself-ness, and especially a lack of humility towards resources, human consumption and human progress.
I write a blog dedicated to my research. You can follow and comment on my work there.
Miguel Prado Casanova: 'Developmental Noise and Stochastic Resonance'
Noise has been sloppily generalised as an unwanted signal, a state of disorder or a disturbance that does not contain meaningful data or information and, because of this, it is a term that carries many negative connotations. I consider noise as a positive contributing factor in the foundation of epistemic organisation in complex systems and non-equilibrium thermodynamics, mainly in opposition to the negative conception of noise in information theory and cybernetics, both of which generally associate it with entropy and cast it as an antagonist in relation to information.