Mark Sinclair

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I am happy to supervise PhD projects in the history of modern philosophy (of French and German philosophy in particular), aesthetics, and metaphysics. I have supervised PhD projects on, for example, Gilles Deleuze and educational theory, the question of art in nineteenth-century French philosophy, and the idea of freedom in the work of Martin Heidegger.


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I work on post-Kantian European philosophy, which I combine with a concern for issues in contemporary metaphysics and the philosophy of mind. I'm currently working on the idea of tendency or inclination as a psychological and metaphysical category, and on the implications of this for theories of addiction.

I have degrees in philosophy from The University of Warwick, Sorbonne University, and the Manchester Metropolitan University. Prior to arriving at QUB, I was Reader in Philosophy at The University of Roehampton and, before that, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the Manchester Metropolitan University. In 2019 I was a Fellow at the Collegium de Lyon (a EURIAS institute of advanced studies), and I'm currently a Visiting Professor at the Institut Catholique de Toulouse.

In 2019, I published Being Inclined:Felix Ravaisson's Philosophy of Habit (Oxford University Press. Reviews: NDPRJHP, EJP, Revue PhilosophiqueReligion and Theology). I've also recently published the Bergson in the Routledge Philosophers series (Reviews: MindPhilosophyPQBJSPReview of MetaphysicsThe European LegacyJHPSAB), and I appeared on BBC Radio 4's In our Time concerning Bergson.

I've just finished an edition of Felix Ravaisson, French Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century (Oxford University Press), and I'm currently editing the Oxford Handbook of Modern French Philosophy (Oxford University Press, with Daniel Whistler, Royal Holloway).

My doctoral thesis concerned Heidegger (published as Heidegger, Aristotle and the Work of Art, Palgrave 2006), and I have broad interests in modern philosophy. I have translated the work of Heidegger, Jean Beaufret, Jean-Francois Lyotard, Ravaisson, and Maine de Biran.


I currently convene the second-year undergraduate Philosophy of Science module, and in the next academic year, I'll convene a third-year module on Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art, and a MA module on Philosophies of Habit and Addiction.


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