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Postgraduate Study by Research in Philosophy

The Philosophy section at MMU is a centre of excellence, with advanced research in a number of areas of the history of philosophy, transcendental philosophy, and phenomenology. In the last Research Assessment Exercise (2008) the distribution was 5% at 4, 35% at 3, 55% at 2, and 5% at 1.  The Department is home to the European Philosophy Group research centre.

Current staff

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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.

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 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 Henry Somers-Hall has recently completed a manuscript for publication, under the title Hegel, Deleuze and the Critique of Representation, and has co-translated Salomon Maimon’s Essay on Transcendental Idealism (Continuum, 2010). He is currently co-editing the Cambridge Companion to Deleuze (Cambridge UP, 2011), and is working on Deleuze’s relation to the phenomenological and German Idealist traditions.

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

Staff in the department are involved in the work of a number of national and international professional bodies including the British Society for Phenomenology, the Kant Society UK, the British Society for the History of Philosophy, the Society for European Philosophy, the International Association for Philosophy and Literature and the Husserl Circle.

Areas of expertise include

Aesthetics: Kant to Nancy
Bergson and Whitehead
The work of Gilles Deleuze

The Phenomenological Traditions:
Husserl, Heidegger, Levinas, Lyotard, Derrida;
Hegel and German Idealism
The Philosophy of Kant

Doctoral Studies

Our most recent doctoral defences were theses by Dr Jonathan Hunt, on Husserlian notions of history, (2010), by Dr Nigel Hems, on pure sensible synthesis in Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason, (2008), and by Dr J Siles i Borras, on ethics in Husserl’s phenomenology (2007). That of Dr Siles i Borras has since appeared as a monograph: The Ethics of Husserl’s Phenomenology: Responsibility and Ethical Life (Continuum 2010).

Students are currently writing doctorates on the work of Hegel, on the work of Jean Luc Nancy, on the symbol in the writings of Kant, Nietzsche and Benjamin, on the work of artifice in Deleuze’s philosophy, and on Heidegger’s poetics. There are weekly meetings of the Human Sciences Seminar (HSS) in the autumn and spring terms, and a seminar for graduate students to present their work in the summer term.

There is an MA in European Philosophy, taught this year (2010-2011) by Hodge, (Ethics and Phenomenology: reading Derrida), Sinclair (Nature of the Self in Nineteenth Century French Philosophy) and Somers Hall (Deleuze; Difference and Repetition). Click here for further information. For information on the MA in European Philosophy, contact Dr Keith Crome, on

For details of the Human Sciences Seminar, please contact Dr. Sinclair on

For further information concerning admission for postgraduate Research Degrees contact:

Dr Ullrich Haase
Research Degrees Coordinator

tel. 0161 247 3452


Faculty Research Degrees Administrator