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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 and 2021, 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.


Students making choices for their optional modules next year can click the links below to find out more.


‘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.).

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


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David Woods