Department:Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Areas of Expertise: Philosophy
Tristan works in a number of areas clustered around the Philosophy of Action, with particular focus on the different types of human, animal and plant agency that can be found in the natural world. At the moment, he's working on a psychological portrait of the cognitive processes underpinning human, moral action.
Before joining Anglia Ruskin, Tristan completed a PhD on Heidegger’s interpretation of Kant at Essex University, where he also taught for a number of years. On the basis of this work he published Heidegger’s Transcendental Aesthetic (Ashgate: Aldershot, 2005), which led to an invitation to speak at Freiburg University in 2012, where Heidegger taught for many years. Currently, he is a member of the Kant Standing Group of the European Consortium for Political Research.
Tristan’s research interests focus on the intersection of philosophy and natural history. He continues to pursue an interpretation of Heidegger as an ‘anti-humanist naturalist’ and generally approaches philosophical issues from a broadly Aristotelian perspective. Tristan’s current research focuses on the nature of ethical deliberation, as this is understood by Aristotle. This project on human, moral psychology and action is part of a wider attempt to (re)conceptualise the presence of agency in nature. To this end, he has also written a number of papers on the active movements of plants, organisms which have not, as yet, received the philosophical attention they deserve.
Tristan's current teaching includes the modules:
‘Heidegger’s Realism’ (under review)
‘Are Plants Primitive Agents?’ (under review)
‘Is there Anything it is Like to be a Fern?’ (under review)
‘Heidegger’s Anti-Humanist Naturalism’ (under review)
‘A Psychological Portrait of the Phronimos’ (under review)