Hi, I’m Pete.
I’m currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Philosophy Department at the University of Johannesburg in South Africa. I studied philosophy for the best part of a decade at the University of Warwick, finishing my PhD there in 2012. While there, I edited Volumes 19 and 20 (co-edited with Becky Mahay) of Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy.
My thesis, The Question of Being: Heidegger and Beyond, was an attempt to reformulate the question of the meaning of Being after Heidegger, using some decidedly non-Heideggerian tools, in order to provide a methodological framework for doing post-Heideggerian metaphysics. The finished version of the thesis (available here) only goes some way to achieving this, but the project is still ongoing.
Through this blog, I was quite heavily involved in the online community that grew up around ‘speculative realism’ (as evidenced here), before the vacuousness of that term became apparent. The main legacy of my involvement is my book, Object-Oriented Philosophy: The Noumenon’s New Clothes, which provides a thorough critique of Graham Harman’s work and similar strands of contemporary Continental metaphysics, and in the process tries to clarify just what metaphysics is supposed to be (available here).
I have a broad range of philosophical influences, including but not limited to Socrates, Plato, Spinoza, Kant, Hegel, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, Sellars, Foucault, Brandom, and Deleuze. I have quite particular views on the analytic/Continental divide in Western philosophy (see here), but they can be summarised by saying that I do my best to ignore it wherever possible.
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 logic/mathematics (categorical logic, substructural logics, logical expressivism, constructivism), philosophy of mind/artificial intelligence (functionalism, AGI, computational Kantianism), philosophy of science (conceptual change, mathematical modelling), philosophy of action/value (the relations between Goodness, Beauty and Truth), philosophy of politics (resurrecting a Platonic/Kantian/Hegelian theory of Justice), ethics (deontological expressivism, technologies of selfhood), along with philosophy of art and aesthetics (Kant, Heidegger, Deleuze, the aesthetics of games, the concept of Beauty).
I can be emailed at Pete.Wolfendale [‘at’] gmail.com