Jim Urpeth

Jim Urpeth PhD, Essex, BA Hons, East Anglia

Jim Urpeth
PhD, Essex, BA Hons, East Anglia

Senior Lecturer, Programme Leader, Philosophy

Department of History, Politics and Social Sciences

Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities

Biography

Jim completed a BA Philosophy degree at the University of East Anglia (1983) taking a 'minor' in music performance (he holds a DipABRSM qualification). Subsequently he studied for a PhD in philosophy at the University of Essex (awarded 1989) funded by a British Academy Major State Studentship. Jim's PhD dissertation focused on Heidegger's conception of the relation between 'being' and language in the context of his notion of the 'overcoming of metaphysics'. During this period Jim developed interests in many strands of post-Kantian European philosophy, especially Nietzsche and his French interpreters. In broad terms Jim's research has sought to articulate a fusion of naturalism and phenomenology especially in relation to topics in the philosophy of art and religion. Jim joined the University of Greenwich (then Thames Polytechnic) in 1990.

Internal:

  • Programme Leader, BA Philosophy/Combinations (1993 – 2002)
  • Programme Leader and Tutor, Research Students (2005 – 2007)
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Assessment Offences Officer (2009 – 2012)
  • School of Humanities and Social Sciences, Exams Officer (2009 - 13)
  • BA Philosophy Combined Programmes – Programme Leader (2014 – 17)

Editorial Board Membership

  • Sept 1996 – 1998: Assistant editor, Journal of Nietzsche Studies
  • Feb 1999 – 2001: UK editor, Journal of Nietzsche Studies
  • July 2001 – 2002: Acting Editor, Journal of Nietzsche Studies
  • Sept 1999 – 2005: Occasional peer reviewer for The Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology
  • 2016 – Reviewer, American Political Science Review

Membership of research networks/research associations

  • 2002 – 2007: Chair, Friedrich Nietzsche Society
  • 1999 – 2005: Executive Committee member, British Society for Phenomenology
  • 1998 – 2007: Executive Committee member, Friedrich Nietzsche Society

Consultancies
*External 'expert assessor', Killam Research Fellowship Scheme, Canada Council for the Arts, 2004

External examiner:

* Undergraduate: Philosophy, Anglia Ruskin University (2005 - 2009)* MPhil viva: Dundee (2004)* PhD viva: Sussex (2000); Essex, (2001); New South Wales, (2005); Aarhus (2011); Kingston (2016)

* Killam Research Fellowship Scheme, Canada Council for the Arts (2004)

* Revalidation Comm., BA Philosophy, Middlesex University (2003)* Validation Comm., MA Continental Philosophy, University of Staffs (1995).

* MA/MPhil Programmes, Subject Review - Centre for Research in Modern European Philosophy, Kingston University (2017)

Within the broad context of post-Kantian European philosophy my interests and publications have focused on topics and debates in the Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Art and the critical interpretation of themes in the thought of Kant, Nietzsche, Bergson, Heidegger, Bataille, Deleuze, Foucault and Meillassoux. In terms of 'schools' my research has tended to concentrate on phenomenology (broadly conceived), philosophical naturalism, genealogy and their intersections.

More recently I have developed interests in 'pragmatism' (especially James and Dewey) and in related 'embodied' and 'enactive' approaches to the study of human cognition and the 'self' and their applications to the philosophy of religion and art.

I have nascent research interests in aspects of 'environmental philosophy' including the implicit philosophical content and significance of selected 'nature writing' (e.g., Jefferies, Leopold, Shepherd, Hawkes and Baker). I also have on-going, more general, interests in the relationship between philosophy and literature.

I maintain interests in themes social and political philosophy (including the political philosophies of Bataille, Deleuze, Marcuse and Reich).

https://gre.academia.edu/JimUrpeth

Funded research projects

British Academy Major State Studentship (1984 - 87) for PhD study at the University of Essex.

Book/monographs

1. The Language of Pain: Heidegger, Difference and Distance – University of Essex, 1989 (PhD thesis)

2. Co-edited (with J. Lippitt): Nietzsche and the Divine (Clinamen Press), 2000

Guest Editor of Special Issues

1. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, vol. 37, no. 1, Jan. 2006 ("Phenomenology and Religion") ["Editorial", pp. 2 - 4]

2. Journal of Nietzsche Studies, no. 19, Spring 2000 ("Nietzsche and Religion")
["Guest Editor's Note"]

Journal articles

1. "Religious Immanence: A Critique of Meillassoux's 'Virtual God'", Angelaki, vol. 19, no. 1, 2014, pp. 49 – 61

2. "'Noble Ascesis': Between Nietzsche and Foucault", New Nietzsche Studies, vol. 2, nos. 3/4, 1998, pp. 65–91

3. "Need, Denial and Abandonment: Heidegger and the Turn", Philosophical Studies,
vol. XXXIII, 1988–90, pp.176–196

Book chapters

1. "The Religion of Power: Between Nietzsche and Foucault" (in press, A. Rosenberg and J. Westfall (eds.): Foucault and Nietzsche: A Critical Encounter, Bloomsbury Press, 2017)

2. (with K. Ansell-Pearson): "Bergson and Nietzsche on Religion: Critique, Immanence and Affirmation" in A. Lefebvre & M. White (eds.): Bergson, Politics and Religion (Duke University Press, 2012), pp. 246 – 264

3. "Reviving 'Natural Religion': Nietzsche and Bergson on Religious Life" in A. Rehberg (ed.): Nietzsche and Phenomenology (Cambridge Scholars Publ., 2011), pp. 185 – 205

4. "Animal Becomings" in P. Atterton & M. Calarco (eds.): Animal Philosophy: Essential Readings in Continental Thought (Continuum Press, 2004), pp. 101 – 110

5. "Nietzsche and the Rapture of Aesthetic Disinterestedness: A Response to Heidegger"
in N. Martin (ed.): Nietzsche and the German Tradition (Peter Lang, 2003),
pp. 215-236

6. "Religious Materialism: Bataille, Deleuze/Guattari and the Sacredness of Late Capital" in P. Goodchild (ed.): Difference in Philosophy of Religion (Ashgate, 2003), pp. 171-186

7. "'Health' and 'Sickness' in Religious Affectivity: Nietzsche, Otto, Bataille" in J.
Lippitt and J. Urpeth (eds.): Nietzsche and the Divine (Clinamen Press, 2000),
pp. 147–168

8. (with J. Lippitt): "Introduction" in in J. Lippitt and J. Urpeth (eds.): Nietzsche and the Divine (Clinamen Press, 2000), pp. xi–xxvii

9. "'A Sacred Thrill': Presentation and Affectivity in the 'Analytic of the Sublime'" in
A. Rehberg and R. Jones (eds.): The Matter of Critique: Readings in Kant's
Philosophy (Clinamen Press, 2000), pp. 61–78

10. "The Vitalisation of Aesthetic Form: Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Focillon" in S.
Brewster, D. Owen, J. Joughin & R. Walker (eds.): Inhuman Reflections: Thinking
the Limits of the Human (Manchester University Press, 2000), pp. 72–87

11. "'A Pessimism of Strength': Nietzsche and the Tragic Sublime" in J. Lippitt (ed.):
Nietzsche's Futures, (Macmillan, 1999) pp. 129–148.

Reports

Reader's reports for academic publishers including Ashgate, Edinburgh Uni. Press and Routledge

Working papers

1. "Renaturalisation and Revaluation: A Tension in On the Genealogy of Morality"

Other

1. Compiler of Deleuze/Guattari section of P. Atterton & M. Calarco (eds.): Animal Philosophy: Essential Readings in Continental Thought (Continuum Press, 2004), pp. 85 – 100

2. Book review - S. Mulhall: Heidegger and Being and Time (Routledge, 1996), Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology vol. 29/3, Oct. 1998, pp. 320 – 322

3. Book review - M. Hardt: Gilles Deleuze: An Apprenticeship in Philosophy (UCL Press, 1993), Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, vol. 27/2, May 1996, pp. 205 - 207

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Keynote/invited papers

1. Nov. 2016: "Immanence and the Sacred in Bataille's On Nietzsche" (Centre for Philosophy and Critical Thought, Goldsmiths' College, Uni. of London, "Bataille's Nietzsche" conference)

2. April 2009: "The Phenomenology of Religious Life: Nietzsche and Bergson" (St. Hilda's
College, Oxford, "Nietzsche and Phenomenology", annual conference, British
Society for Phenomenology)

3. Nov. 2004: "The Spiritual Identity of Material Life" (University of Lancaster, Dept. of
English and Creative Writing, "Spiritual Identities" Conference)

4. May 2004: "Nietzsche's Religious Naturalism" (University of Dundee, Dept. of
Philosophy, Research Seminar Series)

5. Feb. 2004: "Nietzsche's Religious Naturalism" (University of Warwick, Centre for
Research in Philosophy and Literature, Colloquium in European
Philosophy)

6. Dec. 2003: "Nietzsche, Religion, Naturalism" (University of Essex, Dept. of
Philosophy, Departmental Seminar Series)

7. Dec. 2001: "Art and Matter after Kant" (Manchester Met. University,
"Phenomenology and Genealogy", British Society for Phenomenology, Day
Workshop)

8. Nov. 2001: "Art and Matter after Kant" (Bolton Institute of Higher Education,
Philosophy Research Seminar)

9. Aug. 2001: "'Aesthetic Disinterestedness': Art and the Ascetic Ideal" (College of
St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth, Summer Philosophy Conference)

10. April 2001: "The Argument from Religious Experience: An Overview and
Reconsideration" (University of Herts, Undergraduate Philosophy
Society)

11. April 2001: "Feeling Divine: A Sketch of a Materialist Ontology of the Sacred"
(University of Herts, Philosophy Research Seminar)

12. Mar. 2001: "Towards Religious Materialism" (College of St. Mark and St. John,
Plymouth, Centre for Postgraduate Studies in Theology and Philosophy, Research
Seminar)

13. Feb. 2001: "Nietzsche, Otto and Religious Feeling" (King's College, University of
London, Philosophy and Theology Research Seminar Series)

14. June 2000: "The Immanent Sublime: Kant, Nietzsche, Bataille" (Manchester Met.
University, "Rethinking the Transcendental", British Academy Sponsored Exchange
Conference with the Dept. of Philosophy, University of Warsaw/Polish Academy of
the Sciences)

15. Dec. 1999: "Bataille and French Religious Atheism" (University of Sussex – Centre
for Modern French Thought, Seminar Series)

16. April 1999: "Immanence and Sublimity" (Middlesex University, External Speakers
Series)

17. March 1999: "Images of Life and Being: Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger" (St. Edmund
Hall, Oxford, annual conference of the British Society for
Phenomenology)

18. Nov. 1997: "Bataille: Transcendence and the Sacred" (Manchester Met. University,
Human Sciences Seminar)

19. Dec. 1994: "Raw Nature: Figures of the Sublime in Kant, Nietzsche and
Heidegger" (Manchester Met. University, "Forgotten Matter: Philosophy,
Death and Repetition" Conference)

20. Feb. 1994: "The Art of the Impersonal: Nietzsche's Aesthetics" (Manchester Met.
University, Human Sciences Seminar)

21. Nov. 1993: "Dasein and Animality: The Limits of Heidegger's Anti-Humanism"
(University of Warwick, Centre for Research in Philosophy and Literature,
"The Death of the Animal" Conference)

22. Nov.1991: "Varieties of Anti-Humanism: Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger" (Thames
Polytechnic, Humanities Research Seminar)

International/Overseas

1. Jan. 1999: "'Health' and 'Sickness' in Religious Affectivity: Nietzsche, Otto and
Bataille" (University College Cork, Ireland, Visiting Speakers Programme)

Conference Panel Papers (via cfps)

1. June 2012: "Towards a Religious Speculative Materialism: A Critique of Meillassoux's
'Virtual' God (Liverpool Hope University, Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies,
"Thinking the Absolute" Conference)

2. July 2010: "Tensions Between Affectivity, Meaning and Value in On the Genealogy
of Morality and its Implications for Nietzsche's 'Postmoralism'" (University of
Southampton, Dept. of Philosophy, "Nietzsche's Postmoralism" Conference)

3. June 2009: "Divine Life: The Renaturalisation of Religion" (Liverpool Hope University,
Dept. of Theology and Religious Studies, "Towards a Philosophy of Life in Continental
Philosophy of Religion" Conference)

4. Sept 2004: "Feeling Good: Affectivity, Meaning and Value in On the Genealogy of
Morality" (University of Sussex, "Nietzsche and Ethics", 14th Annual Conference of the
Friedrich Nietzsche Society)

5. Sept. 2001: "Art and Nature: Towards a Transhuman Aesthetics" (Manchester Met.
University, Society for European Philosophy, 4th Annual Conference)

6. July 2000: "Rethinking Religious Affectivity" (St. Martin's College, Lancaster,
"Continental Philosophy of Religion" Conference)

7. Sept. 1998: "'Health' and 'Sickness' in Religious Affectivity: Nietzsche, Otto and
Bataille" (University of Greenwich, "Nietzsche and Religion", 8th Annual Conference of the
Friedrich Nietzsche Society)

8. Sept. 1997: "'Aesthetic Disinterestedness': Kant, Nietzsche, Heidegger" (University
of St. Andrews, "Nietzsche and the German Tradition", 7th Annual Conference of the
Friedrich Nietzsche Society)

9. Sept. 1996: "'Neuroses of Health': Ascesis in Nietzsche and Foucault" (Manchester Met. University, "Nietzsche: Questions of Life and Death: Philosophy, Psychology, Psychoanalysis", 6th Annual Conference of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society)

10. Sept. 1995: "'A Pessimism of Strength': Nietzsche and the Tragic Sublime" (University of Herts., "Nietzsche and the Future of the Human", 5th Annual Conference of the Friedrich Nietzsche Society)

11. Sept. 1996: "Alien Forms: The Vitalisation of Form in Art in Kant, Nietzsche and
Focillon" (University of Leeds, "Thinking Alien" Conference)

12. June 1994: "Inhuman Forms: Auto-Poiesis in Art from Kant to Focillon" (University
of Central Lancs., "The Inhuman" Conference)

Conference Organisation

1. 'Questioning Religion' (British Society for Phenomenology
Summer Conference, 2003), University of Greenwich

2. 'Nietzsche and Religion' (8th Annual Conference,
Friedrich Nietzsche Society, Sept 1998), University of Greenwich.

(Initiator and sole organiser of both conferences papers from which formed the basis of three
published collections [listed above]).

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