Professor David Webb


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Professional memberships and activities

Co-editor of the series Material Futures (Bloomsbury Press) on the work of Michel Serres.

Visiting Fellow at the Centre for the Philosophy of Science at the University of Lisbon (CFCUL).

Member of the Advisory Board of the Journal of Italian Philosophy

Member of the Scientific Board of Metodo: International Studies in Phenomenology and Philosophy.

Secretary of The British Society for Phenomenology (2004 – 2011)

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Academic qualifications

PhD (Philosophy): University of Warwick
MA in Continental Philosophy: University of Essex
BSc (Physics and Philosophy): University of Warwick


Modern European Philosophy, especially French epistemology and philosophy of science (Michel Foucault, Michel Serres, Gaston Bachelard, Jean Cavaillès) and phenomenology Martin (Heidegger, Emmanuel Levinas).

Research interests

My research is centred on recent and contemporary European philosophy, and I have a particular interest in French epistemology and philosophy of science. I am currently drawing on the work of Michel Serres to examine the relation between knowledge, ethics, and politics, with particular reference to governance at times of crisis. I am also interested in readings of Foucault’s conception of critique as a rational practice.

More generally, I am interested in most areas of recent continental philosophy, and especially in ways that theoretical work intersects with concrete ethical and political concerns. PhD enquires are welcome from anyone wanting to work topics relevant to recent European philosophy, and in particular to Michel Foucault, Michel Serres, and Gaston Bachelard.

Enterprise and commercial interests

HEIF4 project in partnership with Burslem Town Regeneration.


On the MA in Continental Philosophy, I teach the following modules:

  • Knowledge and Politics
  • Phenomenology and Ontology (shared)
  • Research Topics in Continental Philosophy (shared)
  • MA dissertation projects.

I also supervise doctoral research in the areas of my interests and expertise.



Foucault’s Archaeology: Science and Transformation (Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 2012).

Heidegger, Ethics and the Practice of Ontology (Continuum Press, London, February 2009).

Journal Papers

‘Temporal Discontinuity and the Image in Bachelard’s Philosophy of Science’, Kairos, 2016.

‘Praxis and the Time of Ethical Life in Aristotle’, Epoché, spring 2010.

Chapters in Books

‘Michel Serres on Virtue’ in Michel Serres: das vielfältige Denken, ed. Reinhold Clausjürgens and Kurt Röttgers, Brill: Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2020.

‘Bewegung’ entry for The Cambridge Heidegger Lexicon, ed. Mark Wrathall (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2020).

‘Introduction’ (Co-author), Michel Serres, The Birth of Physics (Rowman and Littlefield, 2018).

‘The Virtue of Sensibility’ in Rick Dolphijn (ed) A World is Born Here: Thinking the Contemporary with Michel Serres (Bloomsbury Press, 2018).

‘Causality and Law in Lucretius and Contemporary Cosmology’ in Contemporary Encounters with Ancient Metaphysics, J Greenstine & R Johnson (eds) (Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, 2017).

‘Heidegger’ entry for The Cambridge Foucault Lexicon, ed. Leonard Lawlor & John Nale (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2014).

‘Michel Serres: from the History of Mathematics to Critical History’ in Time and History in Deleuze and Serres, ed Bernd Herzogenrath (Continuum Press, London, 2011).

‘Gianni Vattimo: Hermeneutics as a Practice of Freedom’, in Silvia Benso and Brian Schroeder (eds) Between Nihilism and Politics: The Hermeneutics of Gianni Vattimo (SUNY Press, New York, 2010).

‘Penser le multiple sans le concept: vers un intellect démocratique’, in François L’Yvonnet (ed) Michel Serres (Éditions de l’Herne, Paris, 2010).

External profiles

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021