PhD Students (Current and Recently Completed)
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'
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.