Professor Ian James
Fellow in French
University Professor in Modern French Literature and Thought

Tutor for Graduates

MA, MA (Warwick), PhD (Warwick)

My research work is focused on twentieth-century and contemporary French philosophy. I have focused my attention on the reception of German thought in France (specifically the that of Hegel, Nietzsche, Husserl and Heidegger). This has recently led me to engage with the work of the contemporary French philosopher Jean-Luc Nancy. My research here highlights the key contribution Nancy makes in the areas of aesthetics, political thought, and contemporary philosophy more generally. My most recent book offers a critical assessment of key developments in French philosophy over the past thirty years, highlighting the diverse ways in which French thought has moved beyond the philosophical positions and arguments which have been widely associated with the terms 'post-structuralism' and 'postmodernism'. My current research is investigating the contemporary turn, within French philosophy, towards science and technology. This project will focus on the re-alignment of philosophical thought away from a broadly linguistic or literary paradigm and towards an engagement with renewed forms of materialism and realism and with specific sciences or areas of technological development and innovation.

The New French Philosophy (Cambridge: Polity, 2012)

Paul Virilio (London: Routledge, 2007)

The Fragmentary Demand: An Introduction to the Philosophy of Jean-Luc Nancy (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2006)

Thought's Exposure: Critical Essays on Jean-Luc Nancy, edited with Patrick ffrench, Oxford Literary Review, Volume 27, 2005

Whispers of the Flesh: Essays in Memory of Pierre Klossowski, edited with Russell Ford, Diacritics, Volume 35, No. 1, Spring 2005