Jack Aizlewood

University of Essex

Project title: The Critique of Morality in Kant, Levinas, and Løgstrup

My research will attempt to show that, while there are substantial and insurmountable differences between the motivations of Kantian moral duty, and a direct concern for others in our ethical lives, a reconciliation can be offered between the two on the ethical superiority of the holy will. Such an analysis will draw heavily from the philosophical traditions of German Idealism, Phenomenology, and contemporary theories of ethics, particularly from the continental tradition.

Supervised by Peter Dews and Dan Watts

About me
After studying for a BA in Sociology (University of York), I trained as a teacher, primarily in Sociology, Politics and the Applied Humanities. This was followed by studying for a Political Philosophy MA (University of York), for which I was awarded the Department of Politics Prize for Political Philosophy. This led to teaching learners across Key Stage 4 and 5 in Sociology, Politics, and History, as well as acting as a Personal Tutor to many mature learners who had recently returned to learning. Alongside this, and in my own time, I developed a keener interest in moral philosophy and ethics which I expect to explore to a far greater depth over the next three years.

Research interests
Political and Moral Philosophy
Theories of Power, Governance, and the State
Critical Theory