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Andrew Cooper

Research

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 SocietyLink opens in a new window. I am co-investigator on Empowering Young Voices with Karen Simecek, in partnership with Coventry Boys and Girls Club.

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.

Teaching

Publications

​Books

Amalia Holst's On the Vocation of Woman to Higher Intellectual Development. Trans and ed. Forthcoming with Oxford University Press.

Kant and the Transformation of Natural History. Forthcoming with Oxford University Press. (ToCLink opens in a new window)

The Tragedy of Philosophy: Kant's Critique of Judgment and the project of aesthetics. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2016 (paperback 2017). - WebsiteLink opens in a new window - Chapter 1Link opens in a new window - Reviewed in: Journal of Aesthetics and Art CriticismLink opens in a new window, Philosophy TodayLink opens in a new window.

Edited Journals

Kant and natural science. Call for abstractsLink opens in a new window. Edited with Andy Jones, Kantian Review 2023.

Journal Articles

Hypotheses in Kant's philosophy of science. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 2022. - Website Link opens in a new window- Download Link opens in a new window-

Reading Kant's Kritik der Urteilskraft in England, 1796-1840. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 29(3), 2021: 472-493. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window - DownloadLink opens in a new window -

Iris Murdoch on Moral Perception. The Heythrop Journal ​62(3), 2021, 454-466. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window - DownloadLink opens in a new window -

Judgment, normativity and the subject. Thesis Eleven 161(1), 2020, 35-50. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window - DownloadLink opens in a new window -

Do functions explain? Hegel and the organisational view. Hegel Bulletin 41(3), 2020, 389-406. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window - DownloadLink opens in a new window -

Kant's Universal Conception of Natural History. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science ​79, 2020, 77-87. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window - DownloadLink opens in a new window -

Living Natural Products in Kant's Physical Geography. Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences 78, 2019. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window - DownloadLink opens in a new window -

Systematicity in Kant's third Critique. Idealistic Studies 48(1), 2018, 25-46. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window - Download -

Two Directions for Teleology: Naturalism and idealism. Synthese 195(7), 2018, 3097-3119. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window - DownloadLink opens in a new window -

A Critical Method for Natural History: the development of Kant's teleological principle. Estudos Kantianos ​5(2), 2017, 105-124. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window - DownloadLink opens in a new window -

The Representation of an Action: Tragedy between Kant and Hegel. European Journal of Philosophy 25(3), 2017, 573-594. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window - Download -

Kant and Experimental Philosophy. British Journal for the History of Philosophy 25(2), 2017, 256-286. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window - DownloadLink opens in a new window -

For the (Philosophical) Love of Poetic Beauty: Plato’s hope in Republic. Philosophical Inquiry 41(1) 2017, 111-126. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window - DownloadLink opens in a new window -

Beyond Heidegger: from ontology to action. Thesis Eleven 140(1), 2017, 90-105. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window - DownloadLink opens in a new window -

Nature’s Ultimate End: hope and culture in Kant’s third Critique. Philosophica 48(1), 2016, 31-45. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window - DownloadLink opens in a new window -

Interested Creatures: Kant on normativity and nature. Kant Studies Online 2016, 48-77. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window - DownloadLink opens in a new window -

Philosophy’s Tragedy. Metaphilosophy 47(1), 2016, 59-74. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window - DownloadLink opens in a new window -

Being or Chaos? Heidegger and Castoriadis at the crossroads. Cosmos and History 8(2), 2012, 78-99. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window - DownloadLink opens in a new window -

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. - DownloadLink opens in a new window -

Kant and biological theory. Forthcoming in Life, Organism and Human Nature: Perspectives on Classical German Philosophy. Edited by Luca Corti & Johannes-Georg Schülein. Dordrecht: Springer Nature. - DownloadLink opens in a new window -

​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. - DownloadLink opens in a new window -

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. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window - Download Link opens in a new window-

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. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window - DownloadLink opens in a new window -

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. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window - DownloadLink opens in a new window -

Aesthetics and Autonomy. In Castoriadis and Radical Democracy. Edited by Vrasidas Karalis. Leiden: Brill, 2014, 87-116. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window - DownloadLink opens in a new window -

Encyclopedia Entries

Naturphilosophie. In Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy. Routledge: London, 2020. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window -

Translations

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. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window​ -

Reviews

Tragedy, The Greeks, and Us, Simon Critchley. Philosophy Today 65(1), 2021, 211-215. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window - DownloadLink opens in a new window -

Coleridge and Contemplation, Peter Cheyne (ed.). British Journal for the History of Philosophy 27(1), 2019, 231-236. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window -

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. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window -

The Biopolitics of Lifestyle: Foucault, ethics and healthy choices, Christopher Mayes. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 14(1), 2017, 159-162. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window -

Hope Without Optimism, Terry Eagleton. Philosophy Today 60(4), 2016, 991-94. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window - DownloadLink opens in a new window -

Naturalism and Philosophical Anthropology, Phillip Honenberger (ed.). Phenomenological Reviews 2016, April. - WebsiteLink opens in a new window -

Public-facing work

Germany's Wollstonecraft: Amalia Holst, and how the German Enlightenment failed womenLink opens in a new window. Aeon.

What will humans evolve into?Link opens in a new window Philosophy by Postcard.

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Contact details


Email: andrew.j.cooper@warwick.ac.uk

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