About

I’ve recently finished my PhD at the University of Warwick. I edited Volumes 19 and 20 (co-edited with Becky Mahay) of Pli:The Warwick Journal of Philosophy. 

My thesis is titled The Question of Being: Heidegger and Beyond and is an attempt to reformulate the question of the meaning of Being after Heidegger, using some decidedly non-Heideggerian tools (including Robert Brandom’s inferentialist philosophy of language), and ultimately with the aim of developing something resembling a Deleuzian metaphysics. The finished version of the thesis (available here) only goes some way to achieving this, but the project is still ongoing.

My major philosophical influences are Socrates, Plato, Spinoza, Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Quine, Sellars, Foucault, Brandom and Deleuze. I have also been known to dabble in speculative realism, though I don’t inhale.

My thematic interests range over the whole of the philosophical field, though I have a special interest in metaphysics (history, methodology, process metaphysics, structuralism), philosophy of language (inferentialist semantics and normative pragmatics), philosophy of science (the question of method in Lakatos and Feyerabend), philosophy of action/value (the relations between Goodness, Beauty and Truth), philosophy of politics (resurrecting a Platonic/Kantian/Hegelian theory of Justice), ethics (virtue ethics and deontology), and aesthetics (Kant, Heidegger, Deleuze, the aesthetics of roleplaying).

I can be emailed at Pete.Wolfendale ['at'] gmail.com

Me gesticulating wildly

5 Responses to “About”

  1. would like to subscribe to your blog. thanks. all the best

  2. Charlie Clarke Says:

    Hi there,

    i’m just about to start an MRes in German Philosophy at the School of Advanced Study in London.

    My main research aim is to understand:

    1) why comedy and espeically laughter plays no part in Heidegger’s Existential Analytic, i.e why anxiety, guilt, boredom but not laughter?

    2) Whether laughter could hold an ‘authentic’ ‘world-revealing’ status in the analytic? Derrida states that there is no place for laughter in Heidegger and I tend to disagree with this.

    3) Given Nietzsche’s affirmation of laughter (or laughter’s affirmation of world), is Heidegger’s reduction of Nietzsche partly influenced by his inability to engage with this element of N’s work?

    Anyway sorry for the long intro, just stating the context. Your blog seems really helpful and interesting, and I just thought I would make contact and ask if you have any posts or ideas on ‘mood’ in Heidegger, or ‘facticity’, ‘necessity/contingency’, ‘R-T-H/P-A-H’….These are the general topics with which i’m concentrating my ideas at the moment..

    Charlie

  3. Dear Pete,
    I just suscribed to your blog by giving my email address. Being at the very bottom of the world and yet eager to know what goes on in the philosophy around the english speaking academic world. I´ve got a PhD and doctorate degree at the Universidad de Buenos Aires, where I teach a postgraduate seminar on Political- philosophy thought in the 20th. century.
    Thanks indeed for sharing all this, and all best from Buenos Aires, Argentina

    Daniela

  4. [...] Metaphysics and the A Priori / A Posteriori Distinction by Pete Wolfendale Posted on September 21, 2010 by Nick Srnicek @ Speculative Heresy Today’s contribution to the blog [...]

  5. jabberwhorl cronstadt Says:

    just subscribed. thank you.

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