My research engages with philosophy of nature, philosophy of science and aesthetics, with a particular focus on Kant and post-Kantian philosophy. Presently I am working on a project that 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. My work in the history of philosophy aims to bring new insights to contemporary problems in metaphysics and philosophy of science, including the grounding of natural laws, the role of teleology in biology and the limits of naturalism.
I am currently on research leave working on a Leverhulme funded project called 'The Road Not Taken: Kant and Organised Systems'. This project investigates the philosophical implications of recent work in the biology of developmental systems by examining its historical roots in 18th and 19th century thought.
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 -
Kant's Universal Conception of Natural History. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science DOI: 10.1016/j.shpsa.2019.01.004. - 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
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