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Dr Richard Elliott

  • Overview



    Richard Elliott is Lecturer in European Philosophy at Birkbeck, in the School of Historical Studies. Before that, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow for the British Society for the History of Philosophy.

    Richard has published widely on themes in 19th and 20th Century European Philosophy, drawing on the works of figures such as Nietzsche, Adorno, Heidegger, Freud, Wagner, and others. He has also published on topics in Early Modern Philosophy, as well as ethics, aesthetics, and the philosophy of religion.

    He currently has a book under contract with Cambridge University Press, on the subject of Nietzsche and the Death of God.

    He is Co-Convenor of the new 'Guises of Nihilism in Early and Late Modern Philosophy' Project, with Professor G. Anthony Bruno (Royal Holloway).

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    Administrative responsibilities

    • BA Philosophy Admissions Tutor (Summer Term 2023 - 4)
  • Research


    Research overview

    My Primary Research is in Post-Kantian European philosophy. 
    I am currently working on:

    i. Series of papers on Nietzsche’s contributions to topics in ethics, moral psychology and philosophical psychology;
    ii. Papers and projected eventual monography on consciousness, estrangement, and the role of aesthetics in Adorno;
    iii. Project on Fanon's metaethical commitments, and the possibility of a 'standpoint phenomenology';
    iv. Paper on the later Heidegger on nihilism, metaphysics and its supposed 'overcoming';

    Other Currently Active Research Areas :

    i. Paper on 'Truthfulness and the External Criteria for Authenticity’
    ii. Paper on 'The so-called "Continental" Contribution to Metaethics'
    iii. Interdisciplinary paper (intellectual history/philosophy) on Nietzsche's valorisation of Frederick the Great


  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching


    I am currently supervising students at both undergraduate and graduate levels. Topics include:

    -Heidegger's interpretation of Nietzsche's eternal recurrence

    -The possibility of presuppositionless philosophy in Hegel's Phenomenology

    -The function of the Apollonian/Dionysian in Nietzsche

    -Freedom and Agency in Sartre and Hayek

    -The metaethical status of value pluralism in Isaiah Berlin 

    -Marx and Adorno on alienation

    -Nietzsche's critique of Christianity

    -Foucault and the 'genealogy of homelessness'

    -The political function of violence in Arendt and Bauman

    -Forms of political freedom in the works of Foucault

    -Virtue in Spinoza


    Teaching modules

    • The Philosophy of Nietzsche (Level 7) (SSPL114S7)
    • Research in Practical Philosophy (SSPL158S7)
    • Themes in Twentieth-Century French and German Philosophy (Level 7) (SSPL267S7)
    • Problems of Explanation and Interpretation (SSPO271S5)
  • Publications


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