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Andrew Cooper


My research interests include modern European philosophy (especially Kant and post-Kantian philosophy), history and philosophy of science, and aesthetics.

I am currently working on two projects. The first considers the history and philosophy of biology, including the metaphysics of organisation and the reception of German philosophy in British bioscience. The second explores Amalia Holst's critique of the German Enlightenment in her groundbreaking work, On the Vocation of Woman to Higher Intellectual Development (1802).

I am co-director of the London Post-Kantian Seminar, a member of the Warwick Centre for Research in Post-Kantian European Philosophy, and serve on the executive committee of the UK Kant Society.

Before coming to Warwick, I received a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sydney and undertook postdoctoral studies at University of Bonn, Durham University and University College London. I have been a visiting scholar at UC San Diego (2018) and University of Chicago (2019), and a visiting fellow at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (2020).

For further details of my current research, see my website.




Kant and the Transformation of Natural History. Forthcoming with Oxford University Press.

The Tragedy of Philosophy: Kant's Critique of Judgment and the project of aesthetics. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2016 (paperback 2017). - Website - Chapter 1 - Reviewed in: Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Philosophy Today.

Edited Volumes

Kant and natural science. Call for abstracts. Edited with Andy Jones, Kantian Review 2023.

Amalia Holst's On the Vocation of Woman to Higher Intellectual Development. Translated and edited, under contract with Oxford University Press.

Journal Articles

Reading Kant's Kritik der Urteilskraft in England, 1796-1840. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 29(3), 2021: 472-493. - Website - Download -

Iris Murdoch on Moral Perception. The Heythrop Journal ​62(3), 2021, 454-466. - Website - Download -

Judgment, normativity and the subject. Thesis Eleven 161(1), 2020, 35-50. - Website - Download -

Do functions explain? Hegel and the organisational view. Hegel Bulletin 41(3), 2020, 389-406. - Website - Download -

Kant's Universal Conception of Natural History. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science ​79, 2020, 77-87. - Website - Download -

Living Natural Products in Kant's Physical Geography. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 78, 2019. - Website - Download -

Systematicity in Kant's third Critique. Idealistic Studies 48(1), 2018, 25-46. - Website - Download -

Two Directions for Teleology: Naturalism and idealism. Synthese 195(7), 2018, 3097-3119. - Website - Download -

A Critical Method for Natural History: the development of Kant's teleological principle. Estudos Kantianos ​5(2), 2017, 105-124. - Website - Download -

The Representation of an Action: Tragedy between Kant and Hegel. European Journal of Philosophy 25(3), 2017, 573-594. - Website - Download -

Kant and Experimental Philosophy. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 25(2), 2017, 256-286. - Website - Download -

For the (Philosophical) Love of Poetic Beauty: Plato’s hope in Republic. Philosophical Inquiry 41(1) 2017, 111-126. - Website - Download -

Beyond Heidegger: from ontology to action. Thesis Eleven 140(1), 2017, 90-105. - Website - Download -

Nature’s Ultimate End: hope and culture in Kant’s third Critique. Philosophica 48(1), 2016, 31-45. - Website - Download -

Interested Creatures: Kant on normativity and nature. Kant Studies Online 2016, 48-77. - Website - Download -

Philosophy’s Tragedy. Metaphilosophy 47(1), 2016, 59-74. - Website - Download -

Being or Chaos? Heidegger and Castoriadis at the crossroads. Cosmos and History 8(2), 2012, 78-99. - Website - Download -

Book Chapters

William Whewell's creative adaptation of Kant's idealism. Forthcoming in Cambridge Idealism: A History. Edited by Lukas M. Verburgt.

Coleridge and the science of life. Forthcoming in Living Ideas: Dynamic philosophies of life and matter, 1650-1850. ​Edited by Peter Cheyne. - Download -

Kant and biological theory. Forthcoming in Life and Cognition: Understanding nature between classical German philosophy and contemporary debates. Edited by Luca Corti & Johannes-Georg Schülein. Dordrecht: Springer Nature. - Download -

​Amalia Holst. Forthcoming in The Oxford Handbook for Nineteenth-Century Women Philosophers in the German Tradition. Edited by Dalia Nassar & Kristin Gjesdal. Oxford: Oxford University Press. - Download -

The economy of the Bildungstrieb in Goethe's comparative anatomy. In The Concept of the Drive in Classical German Philosophy. Edited by Manja Kisner and Jörg Noller. London: Palgrave, 2022, 83-105. - Website - Download -

Kant on observation. In The Court of Reason: Proceedings for the 13th International Kant Congress. Edited by Camilla Serck-Hanssen and Beatrix Himmelmann. ​Berlin: de Gruyter, 2021, 941-950. - Website - Download -

Force and Law in Kielmeyer's 1793 speech. In Kielmeyer and the Organic World. Edited by Daniel Whistler and Lydia Azadpour. London: Bloomsbury, 2020, 81-98. - Website - Download -

Aesthetics and Autonomy. In Castoriadis and Radical Democracy. Edited by Vrasidas Karalis. Leiden: Brill, 2014, 87-116. - Website - Download -

Encyclopedia Entries

Naturphilosophie. In Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Routledge: London, 2020. - Website -


On the Vocation of Woman to Higher Intellectual Development (Über die Bestimmung des Weibes zur höhren Geistesbildung), by Amalia Holst - in progress

Window into Chaos (Fenêtre sur le chaos), by Cornelius Castoriadis. Thesis Eleven 148(1), 2018, 77-88. - Website​ -


Tragedy, The Greeks, and Us, Simon Critchley. Philosophy Today 65(1), 2021, 211-215. - Website - Download -

Coleridge and Contemplation, Peter Cheyne (ed.). British Journal for the History of Philosophy 27(1), 2019, 231-236. - Website -

Kants Theorie der Biologie: Ein Kommentar. Eine Lesart. Eine historische Einordnung, Ina Goy. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 26(3), 2018, 625-630. - Website -

The Biopolitics of Lifestyle: Foucault, ethics and healthy choices, Christopher Mayes. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 14(1), 2017, 159-162. - Website -

Hope Without Optimism, Terry Eagleton. Philosophy Today 60(4), 2016, 991-94. - Website - Download -

Naturalism and Philosophical Anthropology, Phillip Honenberger (ed.). Phenomenological Reviews 2016, April. - Website -

Public-facing work

Germany's Wollstonecraft: Amalia Holst, and how the German Enlightenment failed women. Aeon.

What will humans evolve into? Philosophy by Postcard.

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Contact details


Office hours: 10-11 & 2-3 Tuesdays. Email to check whether I'll be on Teams or in my office.

Room: S2.41 Social Sciences Building

The Tragedy of Philosophy