Hi, I’m Pete.

I’m a philosopher.

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

Photo on 03-07-2016 at 16.23


8 thoughts on “About

  1. 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..


  2. 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


  3. Hello. My name is Ivan Miroshnikov. I am from Russia. Made a video, with subtitles, an attempt to screen Kant’s philosophy. I hope it will help people study Kant’s philosophy. Did 2.5 years. Interested in your opinion (what you liked, what you didn’t like). If you have the opportunity to Express your opinion. Here is the link to the video: 

    If you like it, post it

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