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Andrew Cooper


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.

I am currently 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.

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. - Website - Chapter 1 - Reviewed in: Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 


Force and Law in Kielmeyer's Karlsschulrede. ​in Kielmeyer and the Organic World. Edited by Daniel Whistler and Lydia Azadpour. London: Bloomsbury.

Living Natural Products in Kant's Physical Geography. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsc.2019.101191 - Website -

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

Kant's Universal Conception of Natural History. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science ​DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsa.2019.01.004. - Website -

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 -

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 -

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

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 -

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

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


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


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