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School of History, Philosophy and Culture
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
+44 (0)1865 488495
Professor in the Philosophy of Religion. Main research interests involve applying feminist ideas to the philosophy of religion, and considering the uses of psychoanalysis for a contemporary philosophy. Currently working on the themes of failure and loss. Also interested in the possibility of developing a philosophy of religion that engages with practical politics.
Philosophy of religion, and particularly feminist approaches to the subject. Also the relationship between psychoanalytic theory and philosophy of religion.
Co-organiser of interdisciplinary seminar series 2014-15 on 'Success in the Neoliberal Life Cycle: Alternative Perspectives on a Dominant Paradigm.'
Currently writing on failure and loss.
This paper suggests ways in which a philosophy modelled as dance provides the means of challenging political strucures that emphasise control and constraint at the expense of spontaneity and creativity. Through combining Arendt's claim that spontaneity is the quintessential human quality with Nietzsche's modelling of philosophy as disruptive dancing, the possibilities of modelling philosophy as dance are explored. Envisaging philosophical practice in this way provides a corrective to the prioritising of certainty in philosophical method, thus enabling further reflection on what it means to promote human flourishing.
In this paper I explore the model of success arising from the neoliberal account of subjectivity. My focus is on the problems this model of the successful life encounters when confronted with the inevitability and inescapability of death. This necessitates, firstly, addressing the model of failure that arises from the neoliberal account of success; and secondly, resisting the neoliberal construction of death as the ultimate failure in order to reassert the fact that to be human is to be mortal. My contention is that recognising the inevitability of death for the human subject enables a set of values to emerge which are more conducive to human flourishing than those currently offered by dominant neoliberal philosophies.
Before becoming an academic, Bev worked in the Press Office of the Royal Shakespeare Company at the Barbican Centre in London (1989). She is currently City Councillor for St Clements, Oxford (Labour and Co-operative Party) (2012-2016).