Professor Douglas Burnham


Douglas contributes to the following university blogs:

Philosophy at Staffordshire University

Staffordshire Professoriate


Job Title and Responsibilities

Professor (Personal Chair) of Philosophy

Head of the University Graduate School

  • Other University: Member Research and Enterprise Committee; Member Professorial Conferment Committee; Member

  • University Research Degrees Sub-Committee; Member REF advisory group.

  • Faculty: Faculty research coordinator

  • Department: Manager of Philosophy postgraduate study

About me

As an undergraduate I studied the unusual combination of Literature and Mathematical Physics at Colorado State University. I came to England to study on the Marshall Scholarship Scheme, completing the MA in Philosophy and Literature at Warwick and then the PhD in philosophy. I was lecturer in philosophy at Warwick from 1992-3, and have worked in the Philosophy Department at Staffordshire University since 1993. I was briefly Principal Lecturer at the beginning of the millennium, and was granted a professorial chair of philosophy in 2004.  I am General Editor of a series of philosophy commentaries published by Edinburgh University Press.


PhD Philosophy, University of Warwick, 1992

Professional Memberships and Activities

I have been external examiner at Glamorgan, Dundee, University College Cork.


European philosophy; postgraduate research methods

Research Interests

My research work is in the areas of Kant, Nietzsche, hermeneutics, and philosophy’s relation to the arts, especially literature, fine art and wine. I have also written on hermeneutic issues in political theory. Current projects include a Nietzsche Dictionary for Bloomsbury-Continuum, a commissioned paper on early Nietzsche, and a book (co-authored with Ole Martin Skilleas of the University of Bergen) presenting a general theory of contextual aesthetics.

Selected Publications

‘Reading between the Minds’. Perspectives on Political Science. Vol 44. No. 3, June 2015.

The Nietzsche Dictionary. Bloomsbury, 2014.

'Apollo and the problem of the unity of culture in the early Nietzsche'. In Nietzsche's Value as a Scholar of Antiquity. Eds. Anthony Jensen and Helmut Heit. Bloomsbury, 2014.

'The Suicide and Rebirth of Religion: The Religious Character' for a volume of essays on Jenseits von Gut und Böse. Ed. Marcus Born. De Gruyter, 2014.

‘Categories and Appreciation’. The Journal of Value Inquiry. 48:3. Sept. 2014. (with Ole Martin Skilleas).

‘Natural Wine and Aesthetics’. In Raw: Architectural Engagements with Nature. Eds. Boe, Faber, Strandhagen. Ashgate, 2014.

‘Of Butterflies and Masks’. Nietzsche and Phenomenology. Ed. Andrea Rehberg. Cambridge Scholars Press, 2012.

‘Nietzsche, Style, Body’. Style in Theory. Ed., James Corby. Continuum, 2012.

‘Towards a Hermeneutics of Creative Acts’ in Critical Communities and Aesthetic Practices. Eds. Halsall, Jansen, Murphy. Contributions to Phenomenology, vo. 64. Springer, 2012.

Aesthetics and Wine. Blackwell, 2012. (with Ole Martin Skilleas).

Nietzsche’s Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Edinburgh University Press, 2010. (with Martin Jesinghausen)

Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy. Continuum Press, 2010. (with Martin Jesinghausen)

Kant’s Critique of Pure Reason. Edinburgh University Press, 2007. (with Harvey Young)

‘Heidegger, Kant and ‘Dirty’ Politics’, European Journal for Political Theory. 2007.

Entry on Philosophy and Literature for the Continuum Companion to Continental Philosophy. (with Melanie Ebdon).

Kant’s Philosophies of Judgement. Edinburgh University Press, 2004.

Current teaching

I regularly teach the first year module ‘Metaphysics of the Everyday’; the second and third year ‘Philosophical Text’ modules; ‘Thinking with Hands and Eyes’, ‘Thinking with Words and Narratives’.

Various postgraduate courses on recent European thought or on research methods.
I currently supervise seven research degree projects