Dr Lewis Coyne

Sociology Alumni

PhD Researcher in Sociology (ESRC 1+3)
Department of Sociology, Philosophy, and Anthropology, College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter

Start date: September 2013

Graduation date: April 2018

Research topic: A Defence of Hans Jonas’ Critique of Modernity and Ethic of Responsibility

My Ph.D. is an original interpretation and qualified defence of Hans Jonas’ ethical, metaphysical, and political philosophy. Firstly, I argue that the purpose of his theoretical system is tackling three ills of modernity: nihilism, the ecological crisis, and the threat to human dignity posed by certain biotechnologies. Secondly, I argue that his means of doing so is the rehabilitation of key aspects of Aristotle’s thought. The end result is a framework of norms and political institutions for governance in light of the above concerns.

Current position:

I am an Honorary Research Fellow in the Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology at the University of Exeter. I am currently carrying out two research projects: the first is writing a monograph based on my Ph.D. thesis (forthcoming with Bloomsbury), and the second is developing a postdoctoral project on the meaning, value, and future of the human condition.

Research supervisors: Professor Michael Hauskeller, Dr Edward Skidelsky

Email: lc453@exeter.ac.uk

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/lewis-coyne-b66318125

Website/Blog: https://exeter.academia.edu/LewisCoyne