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Current PhD theses

PhD study

Postgraduate research study

By undertaking PhD study at Essex, you will become a member of an exciting and active research community, and benefit from the expert supervision of our internationally recognised staff.

The following philosophy PhD theses are currently being carried out in our School:

  • Goedele Caluwe, The relation between ethics and politics in Levinas: an animal question
  • Rob Chapman, The ethics of Autism: Wittgenstein and Nietzsche on how to feel at home in the world
  • Darshan Cowles, Thrownness and finitude in Heidegger’s Being and Time
  • Emily Fitton, Discursivity and antinomy
  • Crisóbal Garibay Petersen, Kant, Heidegger and the intersection of being, time and imagination
  • Lesley Graham, The moment beyond the horizon, Heidegger on the production of art, interpretation of the phenomena of the production of work, Heidegger’s Kant
  • Paul Griffiths, Some causal arguments against direct realism
  • Tolga Gungor, Hegel on death and negation
  • Mim Seong Kim, Commitment in the political thought of Alain Badiou and Ernesto Laclau
  • John Lumsden, Dialectics, creativity, rupture: materialist conceptions of change in Adorno, Deleuze and Badiou
  • Rosalba Mallardo, The dilemmas of autonomous reason. Critique after Hegel. Taylor, Foucault, Habermas
  • Giovanni Mascaretti, An 'ontology of actuality': a comparative analysis of the work of Theodor Adorno and Michel Foucault
  • Allen Radtke, Democracy, rights and corporate claims to legal and moral agency
  • Pavel Reichl, Heidegger and the idealist tradition
  • Renée Reitsma, Guilt and redemption in Nietzsche
  • Simon Thornton, Ethical agency in the philosophy of K.E. Løgstrup
  • Rosie Worsdale, Towards an ontology of the subject for a radical feminist critique of sexual objectification

Completed PhD theses

A list of completed philosophy PhD theses can be found on our Albert Sloman Library catalogue, and are available for consultation in the library.

Postgraduate study

Postgraduate study

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


Mini courses

Every year we invite distinguished philosophers from around the world to give minicourses to our students at Essex.

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).

Essex Autonomy Project

Essex Autonomy Project

The Essex Autonomy Project aims to clarify the idea of self-determination as a guide for policy makers and frontline professionals dealing with the complexities of vulnerable individuals and their capacity to make decisions for themselves.