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David Woods


I joined the University of Warwick in September 2017 as a Teaching Fellow with academic responsibilities for admissions, outreach and recruitment activities within the Department of Philosophy. Previously, I worked as a Teaching Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Southampton. I also completed my Ph.D. at the University of Southampton, in 2014, with a thesis on Arthur Schopenhauer’s philosophy of pessimism. My research focuses on Schopenhauer, especially his pessimism, but more recently his moral and political philosophy. I have taught a wide range of topics in philosophy, but mainly in the history of philosophy and the philosophy of value, particularly ethics and aesthetics.


In the 2018/19 year I will be teaching the following modules:

  • PH145 Plato and Descartes (Term 2)
  • PH334 Nietzsche in Context (Term 2)
  • PH368 Philosophy of Religion (Term 1)

Journal articles

'Seriously Bored: Schopenhauer on Solitary Confinement'. British Journal for the History of Philosophy. (Forthcoming)

Book sections

‘Schopenhauer on the State and Morality’. In The Palgrave Schopenhauer Handbook edited by Sandra Shapshay. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

 ‘Großbritannien’. In Schopenhauer-Handbuch edited by Daniel Schubbe and Matthias Koßler Schopenhauer-Handbuch. J.B. Metzler Verlag, 2014 (1st), 2018 (2nd).

  • Admissions Tutor
  • Outreach and Widening Participation Lead

David Woods



S2.53 (Social Sciences)

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Wednesday 12.30 - 13.30

Friday 12.30 - 13.30