Alexander Prescott-Couch

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2017–present Associate Professor and Tutorial Fellow, Lincoln College, Oxford University

2016-2017 Postdoctoral Associate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2015-2016 Law and Philosophy Fellow, The University of Chicago



2008-2015 Ph.D., Philosophy, Harvard University,

     Dissertation: Rational Reconstruction and the Construction of an Interlocutor

2005-2006 DAAD Visiting Student, Humboldt Universität, Berlin, Germany

2001-2005 B.A., Philosophy and History, Columbia University

     Honors in Philosophy, Summa Cum Laude, Salutatorian



Deconstructive Genealogy: A Nietzschean Approach to Historical Critique (under contract with Oxford University Press) 



Forthcoming “The Philosopher as Reverse-Engineer: Some Limits on Pragmatic Genealogy” (author-meets-critic discussion of Matthieu Queloz’s The Practical Origin of Ideas), Analysis.
2024 “Nietzsche and the Significance of Genealogy,” Mind, forthcoming 
2023 "Genealogy Beyond Debunking,” Midwest Studies in Philosophy
2021 “Democracy and the Contemporary Media: What is the Problem?” in The World Information War: Campaigning, Cognition, and Affect.
2020 “Deliberation Through Misrepresentation,” Journal of Political Philosophy.
2017 “Explanation and Manipulation,” Noûs.
2015 “Genealogy and the Structure of Interpretation” Journal of Nietzsche Studies.
2015  “Nietzsche, Genealogy, and Historical Individuals,” Journal of Nietzsche Studies.
2014 “Williams and Nietzsche on the Significance of History for Moral Philosophy,” Journal of Nietzsche Studies.


Book Reviews 

Review of B. Leiter, Moral Psychology with Nietzsche, European Journal of Philosophy, Spring 2021 
Review of M. Brady and M. Fricker M. (ed), The Epistemic Life of Groups, European Journal of Philosophy, May 2018


My research is at the intersection of philosophy of social science and political philosophy. I also work on the history of German philosophy, particularly Nietzsche.