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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, 2018. []

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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