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Professor Peter Dews

Position in departmentProfessor in Philosophy
Staff positionEmployability Development Director (AU)
Telephone01206 872714
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Peter Dews read English at Queens' College Cambridge, and took an MA in the sociology of literature at Essex, going on to gain a PhD in philosophy at Southampton University. Before coming to Essex, he taught at philosophy Middlesex University and European philosophy and literature at Anglia Ruskin University. He is author of Logics of Disintegration (1987, reissued in the Verso 'Radical Thinkers' series 2007), The Limits of Disenchantment (1995), and The Idea of Evil (2007); he has also edited Autonomy and Solidarity: Interviews with Jürgen Habermas (1986), and Habermas: A Critical Reader (1999), and co-edited (with Simon Critchley) Deconstructive Subjectivities (1997). He has been a Humboldt Fellow at the University of Tübingen, and has held visiting positions at the University of Konstanz, at the Institute for Human Sciences in Vienna, at the Graduate Faculty, New School for Social Research, at Columbia University, and in the Center for the Humanities, Grinnell College.


BA Cambridge, MA Essex, PhD Southampton

Current research

Research interests
  • Modernity and the problem of evil
  • History of German philosophical romanticism and Idealism
  • Hegel and the Left Hegelians
  • The Frankfurt School and contemporary Critical Theory
  • French philosophy from Sartre and Merleau-Ponty to the present
  • Philosophy and psychoanalysis (especially Lacanian theory)

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