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 organised as part of the project will be held in Birmingham in June 2022. All the information about the workshop, including a link for registration, can be found here.
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
'Relationality Without Obligation', (forthcoming) Analysis
'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
'Questions About Sex with Socialist Answers', (forthcoming) Philosophical Psychology
Review of R. Jay Wallace 'The Moral Nexus', 2019. European Journal of Philosophy, 27(4), pp. 1093-1096
Some information about work of mine that is currently in progress can be found here.
I have held Teaching Fellowships at Sheffield and Birmingham and have experience lecturing across a range of topics including Early Modern philosophy, Nietzsche, Feminist Philosophy, and Political philosophy.
My profile page on Birmingham University's website is here, and my Philpeople profile is here.