I write about nature, science and aesthetics. My research aims to bring insights from the history of philosophy - particularly Kant and post-Kantian philosophy - to contemporary problems in metaphysics and philosophy of science, such as the grounding of natural laws, the use of teleology in biology and the unity of science.
Currently I'm on research leave 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, and a member of the Warwick Centre for Research in Post-Kantian European Philosophy.
Before coming to Warwick I held postdoc fellowships at UCL, Durham and Bonn, and received a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Sydney. I was a visiting scholar at UC San Diego in 2018 and University of Chicago in 2019, and will be a visiting fellow at Corpus Christi, Cambridge in 2020.
For further details of my current research, see my website.
Kant and the transformation of natural history - in progress
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
Judgment, normativity and the subject. Forthcoming in Thesis Eleven
Force and Law in Kielmeyer's Karlsschulrede. in Kielmeyer and the Organic World. Edited by Daniel Whistler and Lydia Azadpour. London: Bloomsbury.
Kant's Universal Conception of Natural History. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsa.2019.01.004. - Website -
Living Natural Products in Kant's Physical Geography. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 78, 2019. - Website -
Two Directions for Teleology: Naturalism and idealism. Synthese 195(7), 2018, 3097-3119. - Website -
The Representation of an Action: Tragedy between Kant and Hegel. European Journal of Philosophy 25(3), 2017, 573-594. - Website -
Kant and Experimental Philosophy. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 25(2), 2017, 256-286. - Website -
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 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 -
Naturalism and Philosophical Anthropology, Phillip Honenberger (ed.). Phenomenological Reviews 2016, April. - Website -
Email: andrew.j.cooper [at] warwick