Edward Harcourt has been a member of the Oxford Philosophy Faculty and a Fellow of Keble College since 2005.
His research is in ethics, in particular in moral psychology, and he has published on topics including neo-Aristotelianism and child development, the ethical dimensions of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, the moral emotions, love and the virtues, Nietzsche’s ethics, the philosophy of mental health and mental illness, literature and philosophy, and Wittgenstein.
From 2010-15 he convened the Meaning and Mindedness: Encounters between Philosophy and Psychoanalysis seminars at the Tavistock Clinic, London. He was Principal Investigator of the Wellcome/ISSF project ‘Therapeutic Conflicts: Co-Producing Meaning in Mental Health’(2014-16) and of the AHRC network ‘The Development of Character: Attachment Theory and the Moral Psychology of Vice and Virtue’ (2016-17). He is a Director of the biennial Oxford Summer Schools in Philosophy and Psychiatry, and served until recently as Chair of the Oxford Philosophy Faculty Board. He is currently on secondment four days a week to the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council as its Director of Research, Strategy and Innovation.