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Andrew Cooper


I specialise in modern European philosophy, particularly Kant and post-Kantian philosophy, and have a range of interests including philosophy of science, aesthetics and ethics.

Currently I'm working on a Leverhulme funded project called 'The Road Not Taken: Kant and Organised Systems'. This project traces the conceptual origins of biology in eighteenth century natural history, which includes the work of Du Châtelet, Buffon, Haller, Kant, Kielmeyer, Goethe and Schelling.

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 held postdocs at UCL, Durham and Bonn, and received a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sydney. I have spent time as a visiting scholar at UC San Diego (2018) and University of Chicago (2019), and as a visiting fellow at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge (2020).

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


  • PH3A9 Philosophy of Nature - Term 1
  • PH201 History of Modern Philosophy (Kant) - Term 2
  • PH133 Introduction to Philosophy (Aesthetics) - Term 2



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


Reading Kant's Kritik der Urteilskraft in England, 1796-1840. British Journal for the History of Philosophy.​ DOI: 10.1080/09608788.2020.1807910.

Kant on observation. Forthcoming in Proceedings for the 13th International Kant Congress.

Judgment, normativity and the subject. Thesis Eleven 159(1), 2020. - Website - Download -

Do functions explain? Hegel and the organisational view. Hegel Bulletin DOI: 10.1017/hgl.2020.14. - Website - Download -

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

Iris Murdoch on Moral Perception. The Heythrop Journal ​DOI: 10.1111/heyj.13274. - 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

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.

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

​The economy of the Bildungstrieb in Goethe's comparative anatomy. Forthcoming in The Concept of the Drive in Classical German Philosophy. Edited by Manja Kisner and Jörg Noller. London: Palgrave.

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


On the Vocation of Women 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​ -

Review Essays

Tragedy, The Greeks, and Us, Simon Critchley. Philosophy Today 64(4), 2020 - 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 -

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Email: andrew.j.cooper [at] warwick
Office: S2.41