Research

My research centres on phenomenological approaches to meaning, particularly with regard to language, practice, pictures and the visual arts more generally. The approaches I find most convincing emphasize the implications of embodiment, embeddedness and enaction, which have led me to become interested in the connections between phenomenology and recent cognitive science. My book Disclosing the World: On the Phenomenology of Language appears in February 2016 in MIT Press.

In addition to specific interests in Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, Wittgenstein and Nietzsche, I have a general background and broad interest in 20th century European philosophy.

Having spent large amounts of time working in different philosophical cultures, I also have some interest in the (bizarre) distinction between ‘continental’ and ‘analytic’ philosophy, though I tend to think of this as belonging to the more general and more interesting question of what it is to write and/or do philosophy.