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Mostyn Taylor Crockett

PhD Candidate

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Wednesday - 14.00-15.00 (E2.10)

Thursday 15.00-16.00 (Online)

I am a PhD candidate based PAIS working at the intersection of political theory and philosophy. My research is focused on Foucauldian genealogy as a historical and philosophical approach. I am currently developing a theorization of 'affective genealogy' which takes genealogy to be an element of political practice rather than simply a theoretical method. In developing this reading of Foucauldian genealogy I am tracing its emergence through Foucault's readings of Friedrich Nietzsche, Georges Bataille, Maurice Blanchot, Pierre Klossowski, Martin Heidegger and Gilles Deleuze. My project is supervised by Stuart Elden (PAIS) and Daniele Lorenzini (Philosophy).

I hold a BA in Philosophy and Politics from the University of Exeter and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Amsterdam.

Research interests
  • Michel Foucault
  • Genealogy
  • Poststructuralism (especially Foucault and Deleuze)
  • 19th and 20th Century Continental Philosophy
  • The History of Political Thought

“Communicating with Animals: Direct Social Perception, Phenomenology and Communication,” Aporia 29, no.2 (Fall 2019): 24-32.

“The Becoming Subject: Foucault’s Subject and Its Capacity to Resist Domination,” Dialogue 61, no.1 (October 2018): 1-5.

Conference papers and invited talks

(Workshop presentation) "A Politics of Transgression: Conceptualizing Foucauldian Freedom with Bataille" - The History of Political Thought and Contemporary Politics Symposium, University of Warwick (7th June 2023)

(Conference paper) "Foucault's Affective Genealogy" - Association for Political Thought Conference, University of Oxford (5-7th January 2023)

(Workshop presentation) "Concepts, Approaches, Problems: History, Philosophy and Foucault’s reading of Nietzsche" - Nietzsche, Genealogy, Foucault: History between Life and Power, University of Lisbon (14-15th June 2022)



  • PO201 Political Theory From Hobbes: Seeking Freedom and Equality


  • PO107 Introduction to Politics
Other Activities

Organisational support, Michel Foucault and the Body. Questioning the Paradoxes of Juridical and Political Inscriptions, University of Warwick, 2022

Co-organiser, Warwick Continental Philosophy Conference, University of Warwick, 2022