Oliver George Downing

Thesis title: Le Coup de Foudre: a Thesis on the Eventality of Love and Subjectivity with Particular Reference to Sartre, Lacan and Badiou


Research interests:

- continental philosophy
- ontology
- set theoretical ontology
- Lacanian psychoanalysis
- structuralism
- poststructuralism
- philosophies of love (continental and analytic)
- the distinction between the analytic and continental traditions
- critical theory
- gender and sexuality
- post-humanism
- existentialism
- existential psychotherapy

Publications:

- ‘To be, or not to be in bad faith: the tragedy of Hamlet’s superficial reading of Sartre’s waiter,’ Philosophy and Literature, Vol. 38, No. 1, (April 2014), pp. 254-265.
- ‘Surpassing philosophical antagonism? A critique of Tom Eyers’s Post-Rationalism,’ Philosophy Today, Vol. 59, No. 3, (Summer 2015), pp. 547-553.

Conference Papers:

- ‘Badiou’s model of structural change,’ Set Theoretical Ontology and The Philosophy of the Event,
BPPA Masterclass, School of the Arts, University of Liverpool, 2nd-3rd October 2015

- ‘Aporias in the contemporary paradigm of the philosophical study of love: an investigation into the
solutions offered by 20th century French ontology,’ The Second Annual Conference of The
European Philosophical Society for the Study of Emotions, European Philosophical Society
for the Study of Emotions, The University of Edinburgh, 15th-17th July 2015

- ‘French Philosophies of Love,’ Philosophy Department Graduate Conference, Department of
Philosophy, University of Liverpool, 19th-20th May 2015

- ‘Sartre and love: an extrapolation of a bilateral theory of emotional attachment,’ United Kingdom
Sartre Society Conference, United Kingdom Sartre Society, Les Salons, Institut Français, 19th
September 2014

- ‘Inconsistency in the Sartrean account of love: redefining love(s) as exclusively essential or
reflective,’ Inaugural Conference of the European Philosophical Society for the Study of
Emotions, European Philosophical Society for the Study of Emotions, The Universidade
Nova de Lisboa, 18th-20th July 2014

- ‘Does the Sartrean account of emotion necessitate two forms of love?,’ Philosophy Department
Graduate Conference, Department of Philosophy, University of Liverpool, 13th-14th May 2014

- ‘Representing confusion and uncertainty: foreign language use and internal monologue in Dorothy
Richardson’s Pilgrimage,’ Alternative Modernisms: An International, Interdisciplinary Conference
School of English, Communication and Philosophy, Cardiff University, 15th-18th May 2013

Conference Organisation:

- Set Theoretical Ontology and The Philosophy of the Event,
BPPA Masterclass, School of the Arts, University of Liverpool, 2nd-3rd October 2015

Teaching experience:

I have taught on the following modules:
- ‘Reading and Writing Philosophy’ (PHIL107-201516)
- ‘Reading and Writing Philosophy 2’ (PHIL108-201415).
- ‘Introduction to Logic’ (PHIL127-2014-15).
- ‘Reading and Writing Philosophy’ (PHIL107-201415).
- ‘Business Ethics’ (PHIL270-201415).

Professional Roles:

Reviews Editor, The International Journal of Badiou Studies

Professional Membership:

European Philosophical Society for the Study of Emotions

Social Media Links: https://liverpool.academia.edu/OliverDowning

Supervisors: Simon Hailwood (Primary), Daniel Whistler (Secondary)