London Met members
Dr Kelvin Knight (director)
Kelvin is a reader in ethics and politics, and author of Aristotelian Philosophy: Ethics and Politics from Aristotle to MacIntyre (Polity Press, 2007), as well as of numerous essays in contemporary Aristotelianism. He is a founding editor of Nations and Nationalism, editor of The MacIntyre Reader (Polity Press & University of Notre Dame Press, 1998), and co-editor of Revolutionary Aristotelianism (Lucius & Lucius, 2008) and Virtue and Politics (University of Notre Dame Press, 2011). He enjoys leading the MA in International Human Rights and Social Justice at London Met, and is currently writing a philosophical history of human rights.
Dr Adam Beck
Adam is a senior lecturer in philosophy at London Metropolitan University. He has a BA in Mathematics from Cambridge and an MA in Modern European Philosophy from Middlesex University. His PhD sought to reconstruct the existential conception of science promised but never fully delivered in Heidegger’s Being and Time. He is currently finishing a book based upon this thesis for Cambridge University Press. His areas of expertise are largely continental (German idealism, phenomenology and post-Heideggerean French thought) but he maintains an active interest in developments within analytic philosophy. He has recently delivered papers on Jerry Fodor’s criticism of Darwinism and is working on another on the Gettier problem.
Recently retired, Jim was course leader of philosophy at London Metropolitan University. He remains very much a part of the University's philosophical life. He has a BPhil in Philosophy from Oxford University. His areas of interest and expertise include metaphysics, philosophy of mind and philosophy of language. He is currently working on a book on the role that metaphor plays in philosophical thinking – for example, in thinking about the mind, self-hood, agency and moral responsibility.
Dr Stuart Isaacs
Sven has an MA in International Relations (Interdisciplinary) from London Met and has also studied at University College London. He is currently completing a doctoral dissertation that provides a post-positivist approach to the emerging post-national constellation in international relations, capable of overcoming alterity. This includes a critique of modern and post-modern approaches that have at their core an antinomical concept of the political.
Alya has an MPhil in Philosophy from University College London, where she specialised in ethics and political philosophy and wrote her dissertation on women and political obligation. Her doctoral research, conducted at Birkbeck College, investigates conceptualisations of personal autonomy with a focus on relational and feminist accounts of autonomy. She is a senior lecturer at London Met, where she is course leader for the MA Bioethics and teaches modules in applied ethics to a wide range of undergraduate and postgraduate students. Previously she taught moral and political philosophy at London Met, at the City Literary Institute, and at Birkbeck College’s Department for Continuing Education. Her research interests include investigating normative ethical concepts and principles as they are applied within everyday socio-cultural contexts.
Jacqui has a DPhil from Oxford University. She is a senior lecturer in Law at London Met, a barrister of the High Court of Australia, and a solicitor in England. She is co-editor of Human Lives: Critical Essays on Consequentialist Bioethics and author of numerous articles on philosophy and law, in the Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Journal of Criminal Law, New Law Journal, Journal of Medical Ethics, Medical Law Review, Family Law Journal and The Monist, as well as in several recognised works of reference. She is currently completing Natural Law (Blackwell, forthcoming).
Rupert is undertaking doctoral research with CASEP into the problem of existential debt and its relevance to new reproductive technologies. He is also completing a book for Edinburgh University Press on the ethics of donor conception. Since 1998 he has been published in a number of journals, including the Office for National Statistics journal Population Trends, on adoption statistics and reproductive ethics. His Donor Conception will be published by Edinburgh University Press in 2014
Dr Cliff Snaith