I originally trained as a psychiatrist, then became a philosopher, gaining my PhD from the University of Reading in 2000. Between 2006 and 2017 I was a Bye-Fellow at Girton College at the University of Cambridge where I taught philosophy and lectured on the philosophy of mind and the philosophy of psychoanalysis. As an associate member of the Philosophy Faculty at the University of Oxford I have taught and lectured on the philosophy of social science.
||'Sympathy and Projection, and Why We Should Be Wary of Empathy'. In Eds Derek Matravers and Anik Waldow, Philosophical Perspectives on Empathy: theoretical approaches and emerging challenges (Routledge).
||'Understanding Projective Identification'. Philosophy, Psychiatry and Psychology 25(2):65-79
||‘Freud, Hegel and the Mind, and Philosophy as Retrieval’. In Eds Susanne Hermann-Sinai and Lucia Ziglioli, Hegel’s Philosophical Psychology (Routledge).
||‘Priority setting in healthcare: from arbitrariness to societal values’ (jointly authored: Philippe Batifoulier, Louise Braddock, and John Latsis) Journal of Institutional Economics 9(1):61-80
||‘Character, psychoanalytic identification, and numerical identity’. Ratio 25(1):1-18
||‘Psychological Identification, Imagination, and Psychoanalysis'. Philosophical Psychology 24 (5):639-657
||‘Emotions, Interpretation and the Psychoanalytic Countertransference’. In Eds Dimitrina Spencer and James Davies, Anthropological Fieldwork: a Relational Process (Cambridge Scholars Press).
I research across the two disciplines of philosophy and psychoanalysis, working with members of the London Philosophy-Psychoanalysis Group and with psychoanalytic colleagues in London and Sydney. I work on explaining concepts central to psychoanalysis: identification, ‘empathy’ and sympathy in the social sciences; imagination; the counter-transference in the psychoanalytic process; the philosophical understanding of clinical psychoanalytic observation; processes of psychic construction in the individual and, most recently, I convene an interdisciplinary network on Social Scientific Psychoanalysis to examine concepts and mechanisms of transmission between the individual and society.