James H.P. Lewis
I am a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Birmingham. My philosophical interests are generally connected to interpersonal relations, particularly the ways that people matter to one another. At the moment I am pursuing a project about the aesthetic dimension of interpersonal life. You can read a summary of that project here, or listen to a podcast on which I recently discussed some of the project here.
I recently organised a workshop together with James Laing on the topic of the project. See the event website for some information and pictures.
With this theme of interpersonal relations at the centre, there are a range of areas of philosophy that I am interested in. They include metaethics (especially theories of practical reasoning, and moral epistemology), philosophy of love and friendship, the connections between ethics and aesthetics, and several historical figures, most prominently: Martin Buber, Simone Weil, Emmanuel Levinas and J.G. Fichte.
Pronouns: he, him
- 'The Musicality of Speech', Philosophers' Imprint, (forthcoming)
- 'Relationality Without Obligation', 2022. Analysis, 82(2)
- 'The Discretionary Normativity of Requests', 2018. Philosophers' Imprint, 18(20)
- 'Levinas and Finite Freedom', Co-Authored with Simon Thornton. In J. Saunders ed. (forthcoming) Freedom After Kant, London: Bloomsbury
- 'Commanding, Giving, Vulnerable: What is the Normative Standing of the Other in Levinas?', 2019. Co-authored with Robert Stern. In M. Fagenblat ed., Levinas and Analytic Philosophy: Metaethics, Personal Identity, and the Moral Life, London: Routledge