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.
A workshop on the topic of the project - philosophy related to interpersonal relations - will be held in Birmingham in June 2023. This is a successor to the successful event that I organised together with James Laing in June 2022.
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