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Stephen Wigmore

Area of Specialisation: Meta-ethics, particularly Max Scheler

Areas of Competence: Ethics, Phenomenology, Aesthetics, Dialogical Philosophy, Emmanuel Levinas

My research is based around applying Phenomenology to Ethics, concentrating on the work of Max Scheler (1874-1928).

The title of my thesis is 'An Examination of Max Scheler's Phenomenological Ethics'

The main aim of my PhD thesis is to increase awareness of the ground-breaking phenomenological ethical philosophy of Max Scheler by showing how it can provide answers to outstanding questions in analytic meta-ethics, and by showing rich areas of congruence with the work of other 19th and 20th century philosophers such as Husserl, Otto, Levinas, Collingwood, etc.

I firmly believe that Scheler's ethics has not received nearly as much academic attention as its intrinsic merits deserve. It can provide a new and unique perspective on contemporary meta-ethical questions and applied ethical issues. I believe it can provide a different and unique basis to a new, richer and more complete philosophical description of the nature of our ethical life and our experience of values such as beauty, morality, love & holiness.

I have now handed in my thesis and I am awaiting my Viva and confirmation of my PhD. I have written thorough notes on Scheler's two main works 'Formalism in Ethics and Non-Formal Ethics of Values' and 'The Nature of Sympathy', as well as papers on the relationship between Max Scheler and Emmanuel Levinas, and between Levinas and Buber, and, of course, my thesis. I'm pleased to say these papers have already received over 9,000 views on and I hope they will introduce more people to Max Scheler's work.

More information about my work and papers can be found on my page, particularly the current version of my thesis.

I have an MA in Continental Philosophy but before that my BSc was in Mathematics, and I also have strong interests in History, Theology, Politics, Economics among other subjects.

Outside of my work I am an Anglican Christian, a liberal conservative, a keen gardener and an amateur historian, as well as various other things. I maintain a web log called 'More in Heaven and Earth', from which I write about philosophy, politics, history, current culture and the works of J.R.R.Tolkien.


Stephen Wigmore

Stephen dot Wigmore at warwick dot ac dot uk

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