Edward Harcourt

Edward Harcourt
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Edward Harcourt has been a Fellow of Keble since 2005. From 1998 to 2005 he was Lecturer and then Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Kent, and from 1993 to 1998 Domus Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford. He has been a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, a Visiting Lecturer at the Institut für Philosophie, University of Leipzig, and a Mind Association Research Fellow. Before taking the BPhil and DPhil in Oxford he was an undergraduate at Trinity College, Cambridge, where he read Philosophy (Part I) and History (Part II). He was until recently Principal Investigator of the Wellcome ISSF project ‘Therapeutic Conflicts: Co-Producing Meaning in Mental Health’ and convener of the seminar series Meaning and Mindedness: Encounters between Philosophy and Psychoanalysis at the Tavistock Clinic (London), and remains a director of the biennial Oxford Summer Schools in Philosophy and Psychiatry. From 2014-18 he served as Chair of the Board of the Faculty of Philosophy, and is currently on secondment as Director of Research, Strategy and Innovation at the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

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Selected Articles
  1. ‘Moral Concepts, “Natural Facts” and Naturalism: Outline of a Wittgensteinian Moral Philosophy’, in O. Kuusela and B. De Mesel (eds.), Ethics in the Wake of Wittgenstein, London: Routledge, 2019. ORCiD: 0000-0002-7176-226X
  2. ‘Human Excellence and Psychic Health in Psychoanalysis’, in R. Gipps and M. Lacewing (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychoanalysis, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019, pp. 617-636. DOI:10.1093/oxfordhb/9780198789703.013.37.
  3. 'Demandingness and Boundaries Between Persons’, in Sacrifice and Moral Philosophy, ed. Marcel van Ackeren and Alfred Archer, International Journal of Philosophical Studies 26:3 (2018), pp. 437-55.
  4. ‘Madness, Badness and Immaturity: Some Conceptual Issues in Psychoanalysis and Psychotherapy’, Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology 25:2 (2018), pp. 123-136.
  5. ‘Formal Excellences and Familiar Excellences’, in M. Dennis and S. Werkhoven (eds.), Ethics and Self-Cultivation: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives, pp. 162-73, London: Routledge, 2018.
  6. ‘Containment and “Rational Health”: Moran and Psychoanalysis’, European Journal of Philosophy 2017, pp. 1-16. DOI: 10.1111/ejop.12316
  7. ‘Ethics in Freudian and Post-Freudian Psychoanalysis’ in S. Golob and J. Timmermann (eds.), The Cambridge History of Moral Philosophy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2017, pp. 577-90.
  8. ‘Wittgenstein and Psychoanalysis’, in H.-J. Glock and J. Hyman (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Wittgenstein, Oxford: Wiley, 2017, pp. 651-666.
  9. ‘Attachment, Autonomy and the Evaluative Variety of Love’, in E. Kroeker and K. Schaubroeck (eds.), Love, Reason and Morality, London: Routledge, 2017, pp. 39-56.
  10. ‘Moral Emotions, Autonomy and the “Extended Mind”’, Phenomenology and Mind 11 (2016), pp. 100-112.
  11. ‘“Mental Health” and Human Excellence’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society Supp. Vol. 90 (1), 2016, pp. 217-235, doi: 10.1093/arisup/akw005
  12. ‘Internalization, Joint Attention and the Moral Education of the Child’, in L. Gormally, D.A. Jones and R. Teichmann (eds.), The Moral Philosophy of Elizabeth Anscombe, St. Andrews Studies in Philosophy and Public Affairs, Exeter: Imprint Academic, 2016, pp. 243-262.
  13. ‘Literature, Moral Thinking and Moral Philosophy’, in S.-G. Chappell (ed.), Intuition, Theory and Anti-Theory, Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015, pp. 201-227.
  14. ‘Nietzsche and the Virtues’, in M. Slote and L. Besser-Jones (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Virtue Ethics, London: Routledge, 2015, pp. 165-180.
  15. "The Place of Psychoanalysis in the History of Ethics", Journal of Moral Philosophy, 2013
  16. 'Attachment Theory, Character and Naturalism', in Julia Peters (ed.), Aristotelian Ethics in Contemporary Perspective, London: Routledge, 2012
  17. 'Thick Concepts, Analysis and Reductionism' (with Alan Thomas), in Simon Kirchin (ed.), Thick Concepts (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming)
  18. '"Happenings Outside One's Moral Self": Reflections on Utilitarianism and Moral Emotion', Philosophical Papers 42:2 (2013), pp. 239-258
  19. 'Wittgenstein, Ethics and Therapy', in C. Jäger and W. Löffler (eds.), Epistemology: Contexts, Values, Disagreement, Proceedings of the 34th International Wittgenstein Symposium. Frankfurt: Ontos, 2012
  20. Nietzsche and the “aesthetics of character”’, in S. May (ed.), On the Genealogy of Morality: A Critical Guide, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011
  21. Self-Knowledge, Knowledge of Others, and “the thing called love”’, in Self-Evaluation - Affective and Social Grounds of Intentionality, Anita Konzelmann Ziv, Keith Lehrer & H. B. Schmid (eds.), Frankfurt: Ontos, 2011
  22. Self-Love and Practical Rationality’, in Carla Bagnoli (ed.), Morality and the Emotions, Oxford: OUP, 2011
  23. Wittgenstein and Bodily Self-Knowledge’, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 77:2 (2008)
  24. Nietzsche and Eudaemonism’, in Gudrun von Tevenar (ed.), Nietzsche and Ethics, Oxford: Peter Lang, 2007
  25. ‘Guilt, Shame, and the “Psychology of Love”’, in Louise Braddock and Michael Lacewing (eds.), The Academic Face of Psychoanalysis, London: Routledge, 2007
  26. ‘Quasi-Realism and Ethical Appearances’, Mind 114 (2005), pp. 249-275
  27. ‘Instrumental Desires, Instrumental Rationality’, in Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society Supp. Vol. 1xxvii (2004), pp. 111-130
  28. ‘Wittgenstein and “the Whereabouts of Pain”’, in S. Schroeder (ed.), Wittgenstein and Contemporary Philosophy of Mind, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001, pp. 194-209  
Selected Shorter Pieces
  1. 'Aristotle, Plato and the Anti-Psychiatrists: Comment on Irwin', in KWM Fulford et al. (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Philosophy and Psychiatry (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), pp. 47-52
  2. 'Situationism, Attachment and Public Policy', The Jubilee Centre for Character and Values, University of Birmingham, Dec 2012
  3. ‘Wittgenstein, Ludwig’, in H. LaFollette (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Ethics, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012
  4. Truth and the “work” of literary fiction’British Journal of Aesthetics 50 (2010), pp. 93-7 
  5. Action Explanation and the Unconscious’, in T. O’Connor and C. Sandis (eds.), A Companion to the Philosophy of Action, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2010
  6. Velleman on Love and Ideals of Rational Humanity’Philosophical Quarterly 59:235 (2009a), pp. 349-56 
  7. ‘Crisp’s “Ethics Without Reasons?”: A Note on Invariance’, Journal of Moral Philosophy, 4:1 (2007)
  8. ‘Psychoanalysis’, in A.C. Grayling et al. (eds.), Encyclopedia of British Philosophy, Bristol: Thoemmes Continuum, 2006
  Podcasts, Blog pieces, etc.
  1. ‘Beyond Right and Wrong’, discussion with Grant Bartley and Richard Rowland, Resonance FM, 8 June 2014
  2. 'On Guilt', Forum for European Philosophy, LSE, 8 May 2012
  3. 'Philosophy and Literature', Resonance FM, 27 March 2012
  4. ‘Love’, Resonance FM, 22 Nov. 2011
  5. ‘Civilization and Its Discontents’, Resonance FM, 11 Oct. 2011
  6. ‘Questions of Character’Prospect, 12 May 2011
  7. ‘Defending the Humanities’Prospect, 8 Nov. 2010
  8. ‘Philippa Foot: Trolleys and Natural Goodness’Prospect, 7 Oct. 2010
  9. ‘Why Medical Policy-makers should beware Aristotle’Prospect, 21 Sept. 2010