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Dr Edward Harcourt

University Lecturer (CUF) in Philosophy


Research Interests

  • ethics, in particular moral psychology, neo-Aristotelianism and child development, ethical dimensions of psychoanalysis, meta-ethics
  • Wittgenstein
  • literature and philosophy
  • Nietzsche's ethics
  • philosophy of language

Recent Publications

  • 'Attachment, Autonomy and the Evaluative Variety of Love’' in Love, Reason and Morality, ed. E. Kroeker and K. Schaubroeck (Routledge, 2017)
  • 'Literature, moral thinking and moral philosophy' in Intuition, Theory and Anti-Theory, ed. S-G. Chappell (Oxford University Press, 2015)
  • 'Nietzsche and the Virtues' in The Routledge Companion to Virtue Ethics, ed. M. Slote and L. Besser-Jones (Routledge, 2015)
  • 'Attachment Theory, Character and Naturalism' in Aristotelian Ethics in Contemporary Perspective, ed. Julia Peters (London: Routledge, 2013)
  • 'Thick Concepts, Analysis and Reductionism' in Thick Concepts, ed. Simon Kirchin (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • ''Happenings Outside One's Moral Self': Reflections on Utilitarianism and Moral Emotion' in Philosophical Papers, 42:2 (2013), 239-258
  • 'Aristotle, Plato and the Anti-Psychiatrists: Comment on Irwin' in The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry, ed. KWM Fulford et al. (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013)
  • 'The place of psychoanalysis in the history of ethics' in Journal of Moral Philosophy (2013)
  • 'Wittgenstein, Ethics and Therapy' in Epistemology: Contexts, Values, Disagreement (Proceedings of the 34th International Wittgenstein Symposium), ed. C. Jäger & W. Löffler (Frankfurt: Ontos, 2012)
  • Situationism, Attachment and Public Policy, The Jubilee Centre for Character and Values, University of Birmingham,
  • 'Nietzsche and the 'aesthetics of character'' in On the Genealogy of Morality: A Critical Guide, ed. Simon May (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011)
  • 'Self-Knowledge, Knowledge of Others, and 'the thing called love'' in Self-Evaluation: Affective and Social Grounds of Intentionality, ed. A.Konzelmann Ziv, K. Lehrer & H.B. Schmid (Frankfurt: Ontos, 2011)
  • 'Self-Love and Practical Rationality' in Morality and the Emotions, ed. Carla Bagnoli (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011)
  • 'Truth and the 'work' of literary fiction' in British Journal of Aesthetics, 50 (2010), 93-7
  • 'Action Explanation and the Unconscious' in A Companion to the Philosophy of Action, ed. T. O'Connor & C. Sandis (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010)
  • 'Velleman on Love and Ideals of Rational Humanity' in Philosophical Quarterly, 59:235 (2009), 349-56
  • 'Wittgenstein and Bodily Self-Knowledge' in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (2008)
  • 'Crisp’s “Ethics Without Reasons?”: A Note on Invariance' in Journal of Moral Philosophy, 4:1 (2007), 50-54
  • 'Guilt, Shame, and the “Psychology of Love"' in The Academic Face of Psychoanalysis, ed. L. Braddock & M. Lacewing (London: Routledge, 2007)
  • 'Nietzsche and Eudaemonism' in Nietzsche and Ethics, ed. G. von Tevenar (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2007)
  • 'Psychoanalysis' in Encyclopedia of British Philosophy, ed. A.C. Grayling et al. (London: Continuum, 2006)
  • 'Quasi-Realism and Ethical Appearances' in Mind, ed. (2005)
  • 'Instrumental Desires, Instrumental Rationality' in Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (2004)
  • 'Wittgenstein and the "Whereabouts of Pain' in Wittgenstein and Contemporary Philosophy of Mind, ed. (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001)
  • (ed.) Morality, Reflection, and Ideology (2000)
  • 'The First Person: problems of sense and reference' in Logic, Cause and Action: Essays in Honour of Elizabeth Anscombe, ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000)
  • Frege on “I”, “now”, “today” and some other linguistic devices' in Synthese 121 (1999), 329-356
  • Interpretationism, the First Person and “that”-clauses' in Nous 33 (1999), 459-472
  • 'Integrity, Practical Deliberation and Utilitarianism' in Philosophical Quarterly (1998)
  • 'Mill’s “Sanctions”, Internalization and the Self' in European Journal of Philosophy (1998)
  • 'Are Hybrid Proper Names the Solution to the Completion Problem? A Reply to Wolfgang Künne' in Mind (1993)

Academic Biography

  • University Lecturer (CUF) and Official Fellow & Tutor in Philosophy, Keble College, Oxford (2005 - present)
  • Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Kent (2001 - 2005)
  • Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Kent (1998 - 2001)
  • Visiting Research Fellow, Department of Philosophy, University of California, Berkeley (1996)
  • Domus Fellow & Tutor in Philosophy, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford (1993 - 1998)

College Contact Details

Dr Edward Harcourt
Keble College
Telephone: 01865 272727
Fax: 01865 272705

Faculty/Dept. Information

Faculty of Philosophy
10 Merton St
Oxford OX1 4JJ