Mark Sinclair

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PhD projects

I am happy to supervise PhD projects in the history of modern French and German philosophy, and in aesthetics and metaphysics. I currently supervise doctoral research concerning Henri Bergson's response to Einstsein, and on George Canguilhem's philosophy of biology, and I have previously supervised work on Heidegger, on Bergson, and on 19th-century French aesthetics.

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Research Focus

I work on post-Kantian European philosophy, which I combine with a concern for issues in contemporary metaphysics and the philosophy of mind, such as free will and the nature of habit.

Before coming to Queen's, I was a Reader in Philosophy at the University of Roehampton, London, and a Senior Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. In 2019-20 I was a fellow at the Collegium de Lyon (a EURIAS Institute of Advanced Studies), and in 2022-23 I was a Visiting Professor at the Institut Catholique de Toulouse. I'm an Elected Member of the Executive Committee of the Mind Association.

For Oxford University Press, I'm currently writing a history of late nineteenth- and twentieth-century French philosophy that focuses on the idea of freedom: Freedom and ContingencyFrench Philosophy, 1870-1960. I'm also working on the idea of tendency or inclination as a psychological and metaphysical category, and on the implications of this for theories of addiction.

My published monographs include Being Inclined:Felix Ravaisson's Philosophy of Habit (Oxford University Press, 2019. Reviews: NDPRJHP, EJP, Revue PhilosophiqueReligion and Theology), and the Bergson in the Routledge Philosophers series (2020. Reviews: MindPhilosophyPQBJSPReview of MetaphysicsThe European LegacyJHPSAB). I have appeared on BBC Radio 4's In our Time concerning Bergson. The Oxford Handook of Modern French Philosophy, which I co-edited, is in press, and my edition of Ravaisson's French Philosophy in the Nineteenth Century (Oxford UP) appeared earlier this year.

 

Teaching

I currently convene the second-year undergraduate Philosophy of Science module, the third-year module on Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art, and the MA module on Philosophies of Habit and Addiction.

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  • Beyond plasticity: on tendency and inclination in habit

    Sinclair, M., 10 Apr 2023, (Accepted) Habit, agency and ethical life. Small, W. (ed.). Oxford University Press

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  • Boutroux after Bergson on freedom and contingency

    Sinclair, M., 10 Apr 2023, (Accepted) The Oxford handbook of modern French philosophy. Sinclair, M. & Whistler, D. (eds.). Oxford University Press, p. 123-136

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

  • Émile Boutroux

    Sinclair, M., 01 Oct 2023, (Accepted) Grundriss der Geschichte der Philosophie: 19. Jahrhundert, Französischer Sprachraum. Fedi, L. & Antoine-Mahut, D. (eds.). Schwabe Verlag

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

  • Félix Ravaisson

    Sinclair, M., 01 Oct 2023, (Accepted) Grundriss der Geschichte der Philosophie: 19. Jahrhundert, Französischer Sprachraum. Fedi, L. & Antoine-Mahut, D. (eds.). Schwabe Verlag

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)peer-review

  • Introduction

    Sinclair, M. & Whistler, D., 10 Apr 2023, (Accepted) The Oxford handbook of modern French philosophy. Sinclair, M. & Whistler, D. (eds.). Oxford University Press

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)