LFUI Wittgenstein Professor 2021: Edward Harcourt, Oxford

The Department of Christian Philosophy is very pleased to announce that it is hosting this year´s Wittgenstein Professor, Prof. Edward Harcourt, Oxford.

Prof. Harcourt´s research interests lie mainly in ethics, in particular in moral psychology. He has published extensively on topics including neo-Aristotelianism and child development, the ethical dimensions of psychoanalysis and psychotherapy, the moral emotions, love and the virtues, Nietzsche’s ethics, the philosophy of mental health and mental illness, literature and philosophy, and Wittgenstein.

Harcourt has been a member of the Oxford Philosophy Faculty and a Fellow of Keble College since 2005. Until recently, he served as Chair of the Oxford Philosophy Faculty Board. He is currently on secondment four days a week to the UK Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) as its Director of Research, Strategy and Innovation.

From 1998 to 2005 Harcourt 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 Department of Philosophy, University of Leipzig; a Mind Association Research Fellow; and in 2018 an Oakley Fellow at Williams College, Massachusetts, USA. 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). On the initiative of Christoph Jäger, he is now holding the Wittgenstein Professorship 2021 of the University of Innsbruck.

During the summer semester 2021 (mainly in March and June), Prof. Harcourt will be enriching research and teaching at our Department. He will be giving public talks as well as guest lectures in our courses. In his position as a Director of Research, Strategy and Innovation of the AHRC, he will also talk with faculty members about strategies for research funding.

Harcourt’s publications include:

  • ‘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.
  • ‘Wittgenstein and Psychoanalysis’, in H.-J. Glock and J. Hyman (eds.), The Blackwell Companion to Wittgenstein, Oxford: Wiley, 2017, pp. 651-666.
  • ‘Wittgenstein, Ethics and Therapy’, in C. Jäger and W. Loeffler (eds.), Epistemology: Contexts, Values, Disagreement, Proceedings of the 34th International Wittgenstein Symposium, Frankfurt: Ontos, 2012, pp. 523-534.
  • ‘Wittgenstein, Ludwig’, in H. LaFollette (ed.), International Encyclopedia of Ethics, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2012
  • ‘Self-Knowledge, Knowledge of Others, and “the thing called love”’, in Anita Konzelmann Ziv, Keith Lehrer & H. B. Schmid (eds.), Self-Evaluation - Affective and Social Grounds of Intentionality, Frankfurt: Ontos, 2011.
  • ‘Wittgenstein and Bodily Self-Knowledge’, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 77:2 (2008)
  • Frege on “I”, “now”, “today” and some other linguistic devices’, Synthese 121 (1999), pp. 329-356; reprinted in M. Beaney and E. Reck (eds.), Frege: Critical Assessments, vol.4, London: Routledge, 2005
  • ‘Quasi-Realism and Ethical Appearances’, Mind 114 (2005), pp. 249-275
  • ‘Wittgenstein and “the Whereabouts of Pain”’, in S. Schroeder (ed.), Wittgenstein and Contemporary Philosophy of Mind, Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2001, pp. 194-209
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