Prof. Béatrice Han-Pile (Principal Investigator)

Prof. Béatrice Han-Pile

Béatrice Han-Pile studied philosophy, history and literature at the École Normale Supérieure and was awarded a Fellowship from the Thiers Foundation while completing her doctoral thesis on Michel Foucault.  Before coming to Essex in 1997, she taught in France at the Universities of Paris IV-Sorbonne, Reims and Amiens. She is the author of L’ontologie manquée de Michel Foucault (an updated version came out in 2002 with Stanford University Press as Foucault’s Critical Project: Between the Transcendental and the Historical).  She has published a number of papers, mostly on Foucault, Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, Heidegger and aesthetics. She is currently working on medio-passive agency and its relation to the theological virtues, in particular hope and love.

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Dr. Daniel Watts (Co-Investigator)

Dr. Daniel Watts

Dan Watts is a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Essex and Co-Investigator on EoP. His research focuses on Kierkegaard, Wittgenstein and the phenomenological tradition; and on issues in the philosophy of mind, the philosophy of religion and moral philosophy. He is the author of several articles in these areas, including: “Kierkegaard and the Search for Self-Knowledge”, European Journal of Philosophy 21 (2013); and “The Exemplification of Rules”, International Journal of Philosophical Studies 20 (2012). He is currently writing a book manuscript entitled, Thinking Humanly: Kierkegaard on Subjectivity and Thought.

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Dr. David Batho (Senior Research Officer)

Dr David Batho

David studied philosophy to doctoral level at the University of Essex. His thesis discussed phenomenology and perception, with focus on perceptual phenomena such as visual agnosia, hallucination, and illusion. His current research interests include anxiety, love, and moral responsibility.

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Sarah Grant (Administrator)


Sarah Grant is the administrator for the Ethics of Powerlessness Project, and prior to this project she was the administrator for the Essex Transitional Justice Network.

In addition to working on the Ethics of Powerlessness, Sarah has completed a BSc in Psychology and an MSc in Cognitive Neuroscience at Essex, and her research interests include neurodevelopmental disorders and the relationship between cognition and health.

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