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Dr. Anna Bergqvist completed her doctoral thesis, Understanding Moral Situations: An Essay in Particularist Epistemology, at the University of Reading under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Dancy. Her principal research interests are aesthetics and moral philosophy, with special emphasis on meta-ethics, normativity and related areas. Her publications include essays on aesthetic particularism, thick evaluative concepts, perspectivalism, and semantic contextualism. She is co-editor of Philosophy and Museums: Ethics, Aesthetics and Ontology, forthcoming with Cambridge University Press, to which she is contributing a thematic piece on museums narrative. She also works on the intersection between ethics and philosophy of perception, currently preparing a co-edited volume on Evaluative Perception.

Dr Keith Crome has published a study of the philosophy of Jean Francois Lyotard, Lyotard and Greek Thought: Sophistry (2004), with Palgrave Macmillan, and, with James Williams, edited a collection of Lyotard’s writings. He is now working on aspects of the work of Michel Foucault. He has also published on aspects of pedagogy, with specific reference to the teaching of philosophy.

Dr Ullrich Haase is working on the phenomenology of Nietzsche, and has published an introduction to his work, Starting with Nietzsche (Continuum 2008). He is currently editor the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology.  He is working with Dr. Sinclair on a translation of Heidegger Gesamtausgabe, volume 46, Heidegger reading Nietzsche’s Untimely Meditations.

Dr Nigel Hems has recently co-edited the Companion to Kant for Continuum Press (2012), in which he has written entries on Kant’s Refutation of Idealism and the influence of Locke’s philosophy on Kant.  He has recently submitted two articles for publication on Kant’s philosophy: A New Interpretation of the Refutation of Idealism, and Kant and Pure Sensible Synthesis, which are under review. He is currently undertaking research on the nature of reflective concepts in the British empiricist tradition, as well re-examining the primitive reflective role of Kant’s concepts of comparison in the first Critique – especially concerning the concepts of identity and unity.  He is also investigating the role of abstraction and the nature of generality and universality in Berkeley’s philosophy.

Professor Joanna Hodge works in transcendental philosophy and phenomenology. She published Heidegger and Ethics (Routledge) in 1995, and had AHRC funding (2003-2004) for Derrida on Time (2007), also with Routledge. She has recently published articles on Queering Hegel, and on Differance, as a rewriting of Transcendental Aesthetics.  She is currently working on a study of the transformation of transcendental aesthetics, in phenomenology, through the thematics of horizonality, touch, trace, and writing at the limit of sense.

Dr Phil Hutchinson is based at the MMU Cheshire campus in Crewe and has recently published “Thinking and Understanding” in Wittgenstein: Key Concepts. Edited by Kelly Dean Jolley. Durham (2010) and Shame and Philosophy: An Investigation in the Philosophy of Emotions and Ethics (2008). His research interests include: Wittgenstein, philosophy of social science, philosophy of the emotions, political philosophy and ethics, rhetoric and critical thinking.

Dr Wahida Khandker completed her doctoral thesis on ‘The élan vital, Subjectivity and Creativity in Bergson’, at the University of Warwick. She has published articles on Bergson’s writings, in relation to Kantian critique, and to Whitehead’s process metaphysics.  She currently works on the interactions between philosophical, biological and medical conceptions of life and animality.

Dr Michael Loughlin is a Reader in Applied Philosophy at MMU Cheshire. In recent years he has been a Visiting Reader in Philosophy as Applied to Health Care at the University of London and a Visiting Professor of Applied Philosophy at the University of Buckinghamshire. He has published extensively in a wide range of international journals including the Journal of Evaluation in Clinical Practice (JECP), Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology, Philosophical Inquiry, Health Care Analysis, Philosophy of Management, Ethics and Social Welfare, the Journal of Medical Ethics, the International Journal of the Humanities, and the International Journal of Person-Centred Medicine. Since 2010 he has edited the regular thematic issues of the JECP in the philosophy of medicine and he sits on the editorial boards of several international journals. His 2002 book Ethics, Management and Mythology discussed the relationship between epistemology and ethics, criticised the role of management theory in undermining professional autonomy and raised methodological questions about quality measures, bioethics and the use of evidence in health policy. He has written for The Philosopher’s Magazine and the Times Higher Education Supplement and addressed many professional audiences on the nature of rationality, knowledge, virtue, evidence, intuition and judgement in relation to practices in medicine, education, health and social care, in each case with the goal of uncovering philosophical issues in practical controversies. In his most recent work on medical epistemology raises questions about the scope and limitations of scientific methodology in medicine, defending a humanistic conception of rationality and science in practice.

Dr Mark Sinclair has published Heidegger, Aristotle and the Work of Art: Poiesis in Being (Palgrave 2005), and, with Clare Carlisle, a translation of Felix Ravaisson Of Habit (Continuum 2008). He has a long-standing interest in the philosophy of technology and is working with Dr Haase on the translation of Heidegger GA 46.  His current work concerns conceptions of ontology, embodiment and the nature of the self in 19th-century philosophy from Maine de Biran to Bergson.

Dr Lloyd Strickland‘s principal research interests are Early Modern European Philosophy, and Philosophy of Religion. He is currently working on two cognate projects; one is a monograph on Leibniz’s philosophical theology, the other is a scholarly anthology, in English, of Leibniz’s key philosophical writings on God and religion