James Cartlidge

Visiting Professor

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Vienna, Quellenstrasse 51
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by appointment

James is currently a visiting professor at CEU whose research topics include phenomenology, existentialism, and post-structuralism. Through the lens of these traditions, James’ publications and conference presentations have addressed various topics, including metaphysics, emotions, religion, perception, popular culture, the analytic philosophy of deep disagreement, epistemic injustice, and the Covid-19 pandemic. Philosophers he has engaged with in his work include Heidegger, Lyotard, Derrida, Kant, Wittgenstein, Camus, Sartre, Patočka, Foucault, and Deleuze.

James also has an abiding interest in the philosophy of games and sport. He has published an article on sport ethics which addresses gamesmanship in professional darts, and other articles which concern the existential and psychological themes of video games. Of particular interest to him are the ways in which video games engage philosophical ideas, make arguments and convey insight into what it means to be human – not just by embedding them into their narratives, but through their mechanics, how they are designed and structured.

James graduated from CEU’s doctoral program in philosophy with a thesis on Heidegger which interpreted Heidegger’s phenomenology of Dasein as philosophical anthropology and refuted Heidegger’s career-long arguments against this view. In support of his argument, James develops Heidegger’s analysis of the ‘revelatory moods’ of anxiety and boredom and offers a phenomenological account of joy, a mood Heidegger indicated was of the same type as anxiety and boredom, but without saying why.

Since graduating from CEU, James has held visiting fellowships at the Institute for Human Sciences (IWM, Vienna) and the Università Vita-Salute San Raffaele (Milan) with projects which examine the Czech philosopher and political dissident Jan Patočka’s nuanced critical engagement with Heideggerian phenomenology. James has also held teaching positions at Eötvös Loránd University (Budapest), the Open Learning Initiative (OLIVE) education program for refugees and asylum seekers, and CEU.

Selected Publications:

‘Lyotard, The Differend, and the Philosophy of Deep Disagreement’ (Synthese)

'In the Face of Death' (in Warren Zevon and Philosophy: Beyond Reptile Wisdom)

‘Interpreting Dwarf Fortress: Finitude, Absurdity, and Narrative’ (Games and Culture)

‘Gamesmanship in Professional Darts: A Response to Leota, Turp and Howe’ (Sport, Ethics, and Philosophy)

‘Anxiety and Boredom in the Covid-19 Crisis: A Heideggerian Analysis’ (Biblioteca della Liberta)

‘Heidegger’s Philosophical Anthropology of Moods’ (Hungarian Philosophical Review)


PhD (Philosophy) - Central European University, Vienna
MA (European Philosophy) - Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester
BA (Philosophy) - Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester

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