I submitted my doctoral thesis at the end of February and am currently awaiting the defence. I am now working on a project which seeks to use ideas from the philosophy of action and philosophy of mind to deconstruct the homophobia account of gay oppression we have inherited from the 1970s and to develop an alternative. I am also researching the work of Magnus Hirschfeld and other participants of the Weimar Republic era Queer Liberation Movement to present them as philosophical thinkers.
During the 2022 Spring term, I was a guest lecturer at Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest. I taught two courses - Topics in the Philosophy of Action and Wittgenstein's Inheritors. The former course was designed to take in a variety of thinkers and addressed questions such as 'can we make sense of the will?' and 'what makes an action masculine or feminine?'. The latter course focused on key ideas from Ludwig Wittgenstein's later thought and how this influenced the work of his inheritors, in particular the work of Elizabeth Anscombe. During this time I co-organised a workshop on Metaphysics and Introspection - https://sites.google.com/view/metaphysicsintrospection/.
My thesis seeks to provide a novel interpretation and analysis of Elizabeth Anscombe’s paper ‘The First Person’ (1975). In this paper, Anscombe claims to demonstrate both that we are not souls and that self-consciousness is subjectless. Intriguingly, Anscombe claims to reach these conclusions via an analysis of how we use the first-person pronoun. ‘The First Person’ (1975) has been described as ‘incredible, difficult to understand at all’ (Kripke, 2011) and is generally regarded as a philosophical curio. I am unpersuaded that Anscombe’s paper is incredible as opposed to intricate and I seek to show how its contents relate to Anscombe’s other philosophical texts.
In June 2019, I won the CEU 3MT competition, in which I summarised the contents of my thesis in under three minutes for a general audience. In September 2019 I was awarded funding by the DAAD to carry out research at the University of Leipzig for ten months. This invitation was subsequently extended and I remained a visiting fellow at the Forschungskolleg Analytic German Idealism until March 2022. From October 2020 till May 2021, I took part in the Extending New Narratives project work-in-progress seminar, contributing a paper entitled ‘Purity is Possible! A Rallying Cry for the Wartime Group?’. This paper concerns the idea common to the ethical texts of Anscombe and her circle that what makes a person good is the inner (psychology) rather than the outer (actions).
During my time in Budapest, I was an instructor as part of the CEU Open Learning Initiative; and helped found and coordinate the CEU branch of MAP (Minorities in Philosophy).
I am interested in hearing from anyone who wishes to discuss topics related to my research or how to make philosophy more accessible. Please send me an email.