I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy. My research focuses on the 19th century German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer, especially his philosophical pessimism and his moral and political philosophy. I have taught a wide range of topics in philosophy, including the history of philosophy, philosophy of religion, ethics, aesthetics, and most recently the philosophy of evil. I have responsibilities for admissions, outreach, and widening participation; prospective students and their supporters, teachers, and school leaders are welcome to inquire with meLink opens in a new window about engaging with our department.
- PH3A7Link opens in a new window - Philosophy of EvilLink opens in a new window (Term 1)
- PH368Link opens in a new window - Philosophy of ReligionLink opens in a new window (Term 2)
‘Proust and Schopenhauer'. In The Proustian MindLink opens in a new window, by Anna Elsner and Tom Stern. Routledge, forthcoming.
'Schopenhauer's Sexual Ethics'. In Schopenhauer's Moral PhilosophyLink opens in a new window, edited by Patrick Hassan. Routledge, 2021.
'The Standard Interpretation of Schopenhauer's Compensation Argument for Pessimism: A Non-Standard Variant', European Journal of Philosophy.Link opens in a new window
‘Seriously Bored: Schopenhauer on Solitary Confinement’, British Journal for the History of Philosophy Link opens in a new window(2019) 27 (5): 959-978.
‘Schopenhauer on the State and Morality’. In The Palgrave Schopenhauer HandbookLink opens in a new window, edited by Sandra Shapshay. Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.
‘Großbritannien’. In Schopenhauer-Handbuch,Link opens in a new window edited by Daniel Schubbe and Matthias Koßler. J.B. Metzler Verlag, 2014 (1st Ed.), 2018 (2nd Ed.).
Pre-prints available on my PhilPeople ProfileLink opens in a new window
Academic work in progress
The Schopenhauerian Mind (in the Routledge Philosophical MindsLink opens in a new window book series), co-edited with Timothy Stoll.
'The Promise of Pessimism'Link opens in a new window (Institute of Art and Ideas)
'The semi-satisfied life'Link opens in a new window - an essay on Schopenhauer on happiness (Aeon)
'Schopenhauer's Link opens in a new windowThe World as Will and Representation'Link opens in a new window (Routledge Encyclopaedia of Philosophy, Teaching and Learning Resources)
'The Philosophy of Evil'Link opens in a new window (Common Room Philosophy)
'Resilience'Link opens in a new window (The Forum)
'Schopenhauer on Compassion'Link opens in a new window (Philosophy Bites)
- Admissions Tutor
- Outreach and Widening Participation Lead
David dot Bather dot Woods at warwick dot ac dot uk
Office: S2.38 (Social Sciences)
Advice and Feedback Hours:
10.00-12.00 Monday (office drop in)