Amia Srinivasan

 
 

About Me

I am a fellow in philosophy at All Souls College, Oxford. I recently completed my DPhil under the supervision of John Hawthorne and Tim Williamson. In my dissertation I suggest an approach to epistemology, ethics and metaphilosophy that is more tragic. A tragic approach is one that acknowledges the way in which our knowledge -- of our own minds, of what is normatively required of us, and of philosophical truths -- is hostage to forces outside our control. I’m now thinking about the role of anger in politics, the nature of feminist philosophy, the ethics of pedagogy,what sort of metaphysics/epistemology (realist or anti-realist) is required for political action, and the genealogy of belief. I’ll be joining the UCL Philosophy Department in Autumn 2015.


Interests

My philosophical interests lie in epistemology, ethics, metaphilosophy, feminism, political and social philosophy, Kant and post-Kantian philosophy.

I’m also interested in alternatives to liberalism and capitalism, aesthetic modernism, the politics of sex and gender, the long-form essay and food.


Contact

You can email me at: <amia [dot] srinivasan [at] all-souls.ox.ac.uk>, or write me at:  All Souls College, Oxford OX1 4AL, U.K.

I tweet occasionally from @amiasrinivasan.


Seminars & Teaching:

SCHMILOSOPHY (Trinity 2013). We discussed an eclectic selection of philosophically interesting texts from outside the analytic philosophy canon: from postcolonial theory, sociology, musicology, film theory, cultural criticism, psychoanalysis, and Continental philosophy. Open to open-minded philosophers. For information, including a syllabus, click here.

FEMINISM IN ANALYTIC PHILOSOPHY (Michaelmas 2012). I co-convened (with Paul Lodge) a seminar on feminist analytic philosophy, focussing on the question of what a feminist perspective can contribute to first-order issues in philosophy. For more information click here.

READING RORTY (Trinity 2012). I ran a seminar on the metaphilosophy of Richard Rorty at Oxford in Trinity 2012. For more information, including a syllabus, please click here.

THE GENEALOGY SEMINAR (Trinity 2011). I co-convened (with Josh Billings) a multidisciplinary seminar on the theme of Genealogy. For more information please click here.


Philosophy papers

Comments on Nussbaum (given at Why Love Matters for Justice: Workshop on Nussbaum’s Political Emotions, UCL Institute for Human Rights, 31 May 2014)

Disagreement without Transparency: Some Bleak Thoughts” (with John Hawthorne), in Jennifer Lackey and David Christensen (eds.), The Epistemology of Disagreement: New Essays (OUP, 2013) [uncorrected proof]

Are We Luminous?”, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research (2013) [this is an uncorrected proof -- for the published version, click here]

What's in a Norm?”: on the implications of an Anti-Cartesian view of the mind for ethics and epistemology [draft]

The Archimedean Urge”: on genealogical scepticism about philosophical judgment [draft]

   

General audience things

After the Meteor Strike”, London Review of Books (25 September 2014)

In Defence of Anger, BBC Radio 4, 27 August, 2014. (Transcript here.)

Philosophy bites podcast on genealogy, August 02, 2014.

Armed and Ludicrous: What are we looking at when we look at North Korea?”, TANK Magazine, Vol. 7, issue 8.

At 195 Mare Street”, London Review of Books Blog (19 August 2013)

Dependents of the State”, The Stone, The New York Times (26 February 2013); reprinted in Social Journal Europe (2 April 2013).

In The Long Cool Hour”, London Review of Books (6 December 2012)

Laboratory v Armchair”, London Review of Books (22 September 2011)


CV

You can download my CV here.


(Photograph by Nina Subin)