Career Development Fellow in Philosophy

Christopher Fowles

  • I work on nineteenth-century German philosophy, with a particular focus on the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche.

  • I’m especially interested in Nietzsche’s philosophy of mind and psychology.

  • I have additional research interests in philosophy of emotion, moral psychology, and self-knowledge.

  • Before coming to Trinity, I completed the BPhil and DPhil at The Queen’s College, Oxford.

Chris Fowles

Teaching

I teach several undergraduate papers at Trinity, including Logic and Moral Philosophy for first-year students, and a range of both historical and topic-based papers for finalists such as Post-Kantian Philosophy, Early Modern Philosophy, and Aesthetics.

Research

My broad interests are in philosophical psychology and the role of emotion in things like thinking, believing, acting, and valuing. I’m particularly interested in the views on these issues found in the work of nineteenth-century German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche. Nietzsche places states like moods and emotions at the centre of his account of human psychology, and offers a range of insightful – if sometimes unorthodox – suggestions as to what such states are, and the role they play in our mental lives.

My research to date has focused upon drawing out and reconstructing these views, which I believe to be of relevance not just to understanding Nietzsche’s broader philosophical ideas, but also to contemporary work on emotion and the mind.

Edvard Munch’s portrait of Friedrich Nietzsche
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Edvard Munch’s portrait of Friedrich Nietzsche

Selected Publications

‘The Heart of Flesh: Nietzsche on Affects and the Interpretation of the Body’, Journal of the History of Philosophy, 58 [1] (2020), 113-139

‘Nietzsche on Conscious and Unconscious Thought’, Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy, 62 [1] (2018), 1-22

Subjects
Dr Fowles
christopher.fowles@trinity.ox.ac.uk