Dr. Alec Hinshelwood

Postdoc Humboldt-Professur


Phone: +49 (0) 341 97-35810

Universität Leipzig
Institut für Philosophie

Beethovenstraße 15
04107 Leipzig

Room:  H1 1.02

Alec Hinshelwood completed his doctorate at University College London (UCL) in 2017. After that, he worked as a Teaching Fellow at UCL. He has taught a range of courses in both theoretical and practical philosophy, and in the history of philosophy. His research draws on the work of Aristotle, Kant, Hegel and Marx, and the psychoanalysts Melanie Klein and Donald Winnicott.

His doctorate is titled ‘Thought in motion’. It is a contribution to the understanding of human action, and to the metaphysics of mind. It is argued that acting intentionally is the fundamental way of thinking about what to do. On this view, three aspects of intentional action must be identified: the agent’s representation of their goal, their knowledge of what they are doing, and the change in which their action consists. It is then argued that intentional action can only be so understood if—contrary to many contemporary philosophers—we adopt a broadly Aristotelian conception of change.

Currently, his research focuses on the idea that agents of intentional action must know what kind of thing they are first-personally, and the idea that such knowledge resides in certain relations of care which those who have it stand in to each other. He is exploring these themes in the work of Hegel and Marx, contemporary moral psychology, and in psychoanalytic theory.