I am the Philosophy Lecturer (teaching) at Queens University, Canada’s Bader International Study Centre (BISC), Herstmonceax Castle, East Sussex. I was the inaugural British Society of Aesthetics Postdoctoral Fellow for 2019-20, hosted by the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sussex, Brighton. I continue to be an Associate Research Fellow at Sussex.
My research focuses on early modern sublime, and its location within philosophical, intellectual, and political Enlightenment thought. My postdoc project ‘The Problem With The History of Aesthetics Before Aesthetic: The Case of the Sublime’ challenges the historians of aesthetics’ existing approach to historical accounts of philosophical concepts now claimed by the field of aesthetics that appear prior to the mid-eighteenth century establishment of the concept of the aesthetic. Instead of narrowly analysing them as pre-/proto-aesthetic concepts, I advance a broader history of philosophy approach that aims to understand such concepts, specifically the sublime, in their original theoretical context. This has the potential to positively impact not only the history of aesthetics, but also how contemporary aesthetics conceives of itself. Here I am further developing arguments from my PhD thesis ‘Early Eighteenth-Century Conceptions of the Sublime,’ which offers a novel philosophical reading of literary critic John Dennis and the so-called Longinian tradition’s discussion of the sublime in poetry, and its relation to the Third Earl of Shaftesbury’s philosophical account of the sublime experience in nature. My PhD was awarded by the Department of Philosophy, University College, London.
My career-long project is to track the philosophical development of the concept of the sublime from its eighteenth-century origins to the present. And following wherever that intellectually rich adventure takes me.
I am deeply interested in philosophical practice, and what it means to be a philosopher. I explore these ideas for a general audience in my blog.
And I aim to walk the world, without and within.