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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 2017/18 year I will be teaching the following modules:

  • PH368 Philosophy of Religion (with Barney Walker)
  • PH372 The Ethics of Sociability
  • PH212 Applied Ethics

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

  • PH145 Plato and Descartes (with Stephen Butterfill)
  • PH334 Nietzsche in Context
  • PH368 Philosophy of Religion

Book sections

‘Schopenhauer on the State and Morality’ in S. Shapshay (ed.) The Palgrave Schopenhauer Handbook. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

 ‘Großbritannien’ in D. Schubbe and M. Koßler (eds.) Schopenhauer-Handbuch. J.B. Metzler Verlag, 2014 (1st), 2018 (2nd).


The Sublime in Schopenhauer’s Philosophy, by Bart Vandenabeele (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan). British Journal of Aesthetics, (2017) 57 (2): 239-244.

Hegel, the End of History, and the Future, by Eric Michael Dale (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press). Hegel Bulletin, (2016) online.

  • Admissions Tutor
  • Outreach and Widening Participation Officer

David Woods


Office: S2.54 (Social Sciences)

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