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Andrew Cooper


My research interests include modern European philosophy (particularly Kant and post-Kantian philosophy), history and philosophy of science, aesthetics and ethics.

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.




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. - Website - Download -

Judgment, normativity and the subject. Thesis Eleven 161(1), 2020. - Website - Download -

Do functions explain? Hegel and the organisational view. Hegel Bulletin 41(3), 2020, 389-406. - 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

Kant and biological theory. Forthcoming in Life and Cognition: Understanding nature between classical German philosophy and contemporary debates. Edited by Luca Corti & Johannes-Georg Schülein. Dordrecht: Springer Nature.

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.

Kant on observation. Forthcoming in Proceedings for the 13th International Kant Congress. Berlin: de Gruyter. - Download -

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, 81-98. - 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, 2020. - Website -


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. - Website​ -


Tragedy, The Greeks, and Us, Simon Critchley. Philosophy Today 65(1), 2021 - 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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The Tragedy of Philosophy