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Ethics of Powerlessness

Ethics of Powerlessness

The Ethics of Powerlessness project aims to clarify ethical challenges of experiences of powerlessness, especially in palliative and end-of-life care situations, and is funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Phenomenology is a central concern 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 disorder.

Six members of academic staff have research interests in phenomenology:

  • Professor Béatrice Han-Pile has published extensively on Heidegger and on post-Heideggerian French philosophy. Her publications include Foucault’s Critical Project: Between the Transcendental and The Historical (Stanford University Press, 2002)
  • Professor Wayne Martin is the author of Theories of Judgment: Psychology, Logic, Phenomenology, (Cambridge University Press, 2005) and has published widely on Husserl.
  • Dr Fiona Hughes works on Merleau-Ponty, and on the relationship between phenomenology and art. Her publications include Kant’s Aesthetic Epistemology: Form and World (Edinburgh University Press, 2007)
  • Dr Irene McMullin joined us in June 2013. She is the author of Time and the Shared World: Heidegger on Social Relations (Northwestern University Press, 2013).
  • Dr Steven Gormley joined us in 2012 and has worked on Husserl and Derrida.
  • Dr Dan Watts works on phenomenology, Kierkegaard and self-consciousness.
  • Dr Matt Burch works on phenomenology in relation to moral psychology and agency and has published on Heidegger and Kierkegaard

Phenomenology Werkstatt

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.

Watch our phenomenology videos

Every year we run Philosophy Crash Courses for our students, offering a series of introductory lectures on particular philosophical topics. Past subjects have included phenomenology:

Postgraduate study

Postgraduate study

We are internationally recognised as a leading centre of postgraduate study in philosophy, both at Masters and PhD level.

AHRC funding

PhD student in library

Apply for a PhD studentship for your doctoral study funded by the Consortium for Humanities and the Arts South-East England (CHASE) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC).

Critical theory

Critical theory

We are the largest centre of research on Frankfurt School critical theory in the UK with many of our staff and students actively researching philosophers such as Adorno, Habermas and Honneth.

German philosophy

Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century philosophy

Classical German philosophy is a major area of research and teaching at Essex. Many of our academic staff are experts on Kant and the post-Kantian tradition including Hegel, Marx and Nietzsche.