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David Bather Woods


I am a Senior Teaching Fellow in the Department of Philosophy with academic responsibilities for admissions, outreach and widening participation. In 2020/21, I will be acting as Director of Student Experience and Progression. I have taught a wide range of topics in philosophy, mainly in the history of philosophy and the philosophy of value, particularly ethics and aesthetics. My research focuses on the 19th century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, especially his pessimism, but recently also his moral and political philosophy.


‘Seriously Bored: Schopenhauer on Solitary Confinement’, British Journal for the History of Philosophy (2019) 27 (5): 959-978.

‘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. J.B. Metzler Verlag, 2014 (1st Ed.), 2018 (2nd Ed.).


'What Arthur Schopenhauer learned about genius at the asylum' for Psyche magazine.

'The Promise of Pessimism' for Institute of Art and Ideas

'Resilience' panel event with The Forum

'Schopenhauer on Compassion' interview with Philosophy Bites podcast

'The semi-satisfied life' (on Schopenhauer and happiness) for Aeon magazine

'The best books on Arthur Schopenhauer' interview with Five Books

'Schopenhauer on Boredom, Loneliness and Compassion' and 'The History of Philosophy: its value and limitations' interview with Common Room Philosophy podcast

  • Acting Director of Student Experience and Progression
  • Outreach and Widening Participation Lead


David dot Bather dot Woods at warwick dot ac dot uk

Office: S2.38 (Social Sciences)

(Virtual) Advice and Feedback Hours (Term 2, 2020):

Wednesday 10–11

Thursday 10–11

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David Woods