Dr. Alec Hinshelwood
Phone: +49 (0) 341 97-35810
Institut für Philosophie
Room: H1 1.02
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.