MemberJames M. Harland

I work on the history and archaeology of late antique and early medieval Western Europe, specifically Britain and Gaul, with a focus on processes of transformation and ethnic change. My broader interests lie in ethnic identity, transformation and continuity, and military and economic history, in addition to the philosophical and ethical implications of the study of these fields and their reception and misuse in the modern day, drawing upon continental philosophy and literary theory to explore these concerns. My doctoral thesis was a critical historiography of the study of ethnic identity through archaeological means in late and post-Roman Britain, making use of ethnic sociology and continental philosophy to examine and interrogate the epistemological foundations which underpin this subject of study. More information about my research, publications, CV and teaching can be found on my hcommons site, here.

MemberAndreas Vrahimis

…Encounters between Analytic and Continental Philosophy (2013). Basingstoke, Hampshire: Palgrave-Macmillan.

‘Legacies of German Idealism: From the Great War to the Analytic-Continental divide’, Parrhesia: A Journal of Critical Philosophy, Issue 22 (2015). []

‘“Was there a sun before men existed?” A. J. Ayer and French Philosophy in the fifties’. Journal for the History of Analytical Philosophy, Volume 1, Issue 9 (2013). []…

My research focuses on the so-called ‘gulf’ between ‘analytic’ and ‘continental’ philosophy. I wrote a book about how it developed through particular encounters between representatives of each side (Frege and Husserl; Carnap and Heidegger; Ayer, Merleau-Ponty and Bataille; Merleau-Ponty and Ryle; Derrida and Searle). This has led me to an examination of the development of theories of meaning (and nonsense) in the twentieth century and to their metaphilosophical consequences, as well as to questions about the function of dialogue and polemics in philosophical exchange. Lately I’ve been considering the relation of philosophy to other disciplines, particularly to the arts (literature, music, architecture, design).