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David Bather 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, where I also completed my PhD with a thesis on Arthur Schopenhauer’s philosophy of pessimism. My research focuses on Schopenhauer, especially his pessimism, but recently his moral and political philosophy. 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.


‘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.).

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