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Ian James Kidd

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

Before coming to Nottingham, I was an Addison Wheeler Fellow and intermittent part-time lecturer at Durham and also spent six months at Leeds as lecturer in philosophy of religion. I am committed to improving the representation of women and other underrepresented groups in academic philosophy and to that end was founded of the Diversity and Inclusion Group at Durham philosophy and Equality and Inclusion Officer at Leeds. My website is https://sites.google.com/site/dfl2ijk/

Expertise Summary

I'm on leave for the academic year 2017-18.

Teaching Summary

My Nottingham modules are History of Western Philosophy and Topics in Asian Philosophy.

I also contribute lectures to:

Previously I've taught ethics (theoretical and applied), epistemology, early modern philosophy, philosophy of medicine, philosophy of religion, history and philosophy of science, Indian religion and philosophy, and various topics and figures in history of Western philosophy.

Research Summary

I use methods and resources culled from the analytical, Continental European, and Asian traditions. My main projects right now are:

1. Epistemic virtues, vices, and corruption

A set of related projects grouped around epistemic virtues and vices, processes of epistemic corruption, the project of cross-cultural virtue epistemology, the need for an historicisation of vice epistemology, and applied virtue and vice epistemology.

  • epistemic vices
  • epistemic corruption
  • the history of reflection on the vices of the mind
  • the methodology of vice epistemology
  • epistemic vice and epistemic oppression
  • the vice of epistemic hubris
  • the vices of epistemic laziness
  • deep conceptions of epistemic vice

2. The experience and value of illness

A long term project of mine is the articulation of a philosophy of illness, an account of the ethical, epistemological, and existential dimensions of experiences of somatic illness.

3. Epistemic injustice and illness

An ongoing project with Havi Carel, we argue that many ill persons are vulnerable to pathocentric epistemic injustices: ones that target and track persons who are (or are perceived to be) ill, somatically and psychiatrically.

  • Testimonial injustice and the silencing of the testimonies of ill persons.
  • Hermeneutical injustice and the lived experience of chronic illness.
  • The question of whether naturalistic conceptions of health are sources of epistemic injustice.

4. Feyerabend's later philosophy and topics in the philosophy of science

  • a book on Feyerabend's later philosophy, challenging his 'bad reputation' as the 'worst enemy of science'.
  • scientism and anti-scientism
  • contingency and pluralism in science

5. Exemplarism (religious exemplars, cosmic emulation, and aesthetics of exemplarism)

I'm using Linda Zagzebski's exemplarism to better understand the nature and varieties of religious exemplarity, the aesthetics of moral exemplarism, and the idea of modes of cosmic emulation, whereby certain human virtues are emulations of qualities or features of the grounds or source of reality.

  • inner beauty and the aesthetics of exemplarity
  • exemplarism and the literary style of Chinese philosophical texts
  • spiritual exermplars
  • the sufferings of religious exemplars as depicted in scriptures
  • exemplarism in Nietzsche's later writings
  • doctrines of cosmic emulationism
  • negative exemplars / vicious exemplars

6. Other bits and pieces

C19/20 Austro-German philosophy

  • Spengler's influence on Wittgenstein.

Aesthetics

Metaphilosophy

Selected Publications

  • IAN JAMES KIDD, HEATHER BATTALY and QUASSIM CASSAM, eds., 2020. Vice Epistemology: Theory and Practice Routledge.
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2018. Phenomenology, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Religious Commitment. In: ALASDAIR COLES and FRAZER WATTS, eds., Neurology and Religion Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (In Press.)
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2018. Confucianism, Curiosity, and Moral Self-Cultivation. In: ILHAN INAN, LANI WATSON, DENNIS WHITCOMB and SAFIYE YIGIT, eds., The Moral Psychology of Curiosity Rowman & Littlefield. (In Press.)
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2017. Beautiful Souls The Philosopher. CV(1), 20-23

Past Research

https://sites.google.com/site/dfl2ijk/

Future Research

https://sites.google.com/site/dfl2ijk/

  • IAN JAMES KIDD, HEATHER BATTALY and QUASSIM CASSAM, eds., 2020. Vice Epistemology: Theory and Practice Routledge.
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2018. Phenomenology, Neurology, Psychiatry, and Religious Commitment. In: ALASDAIR COLES and FRAZER WATTS, eds., Neurology and Religion Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. (In Press.)
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2018. Confucianism, Curiosity, and Moral Self-Cultivation. In: ILHAN INAN, LANI WATSON, DENNIS WHITCOMB and SAFIYE YIGIT, eds., The Moral Psychology of Curiosity Rowman & Littlefield. (In Press.)
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2018. Confidence, Humility, and Hubris in Victorian Scientific Naturalism. In: HERMAN PAUL and JEROEN VAN DONGEN, eds., Epistemic Virtues in the Sciences and the Humanities: Boston Studies in the Philosophy and History of Science Dordrecht.
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2017. Beauty, Virtue, and Religious Exemplars Religious Studies. 52(3), 171-181 (In Press.)
  • IAN JAMES KIDD and HAVI CAREL, 2017. Epistemic Injustice and Illness Journal of Applied Philosophy. 33(2), 172-190.
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2017. Why Did Feyerabend Defend Astrology?: Integrity, Virtue, and the Authority of Science Social Epistemology. 30(4), 464-482
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2017. Is Scientism Epistemically Vicious?. In: JEROEN DE RIDDER, RIK PEELS and RENÉ VAN WOUDENBERG, eds., Scientism: Prospects and Problems Oxford University Press. (In Press.)
  • IAN JAMES KIDD and HAVI CAREL, 2017. Epistemic Injustice in Medicine and Healthcare. In: JOSE MEDINA, GAILE POHLHAUS JR. and IAN JAMES KIDD, eds., The Routledge Handbook to Epistemic Injustice Routledge. 336-346
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2017. Epistemic Injustice and Religion. In: IAN JAMES KIDD, JOSÉ MEDINA and GAILE POHLHAUS JR., eds., The Routledge Handbook to Epistemic Injustice Routledge. 386-396
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, JOSÉ MEDINA and GAILE POHLHAUS, eds., 2017. The Routledge Handbook to Epistemic Injustice Routledge.
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2017. Was Feyerabend a Postmodernist? International Studies in Philosophy of Science. 30(1), 1-14
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2017. Epistemic Vices in Public Debate: The Case of 'New Atheism'. In: CHRISTOPHER COTTER, PHILIP QUADRIO and JONATHAN TUCKETT, eds., New Atheism: Critical Perspectives and Contemporary Debates Springer. 51-68
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, HAVI CAREL and PAUL CRICHTON, 2017. Epistemic Injustice in Pyschiatry British Journal of Psychiatry Bulletin. 41, 65-70
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2017. Capital Epistemic Vices Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective. 6(8), 11-16
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2017. Beautiful Souls The Philosopher. CV(1), 20-23
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2017. Resisters, Diversity in Philosophy, and the Demographic Problem Rivista di Estetica. 63, 119-134
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, ANNA LEUSCHNER and JUSTIN BIDDLE, 2017. Epistemic Corruption and Manufactured Doubt: The Case of Climate Science Public Affairs Quarterly. 31, 3
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2017. Reawakening to Wonder: Wittgenstein, Feyerabend, and Scientism. In: IAN JAMES KIDD and JONATHAN BEALE, eds., Wittgenstein and Scientism Routledge.
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2017. Philosophy of Illness, Phenomenology, and Life Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Science. 62, 56-60
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2017. Other Histories, Other Sciences: Essay review of Léna Soler, Emiliano Trizio, and Andrew Pickering (eds.), Science As It Could Have Been Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. 61, 57-60
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2017. Hubris as a Prime Ministerial Vice Available at: <http://blogs.cardiff.ac.uk/openfordebate/2017/07/31/hubris-as-prime-ministerial-vice/>
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2017. Taking 'Inner Beauty' Seriously Available at: <http://beautydemands.blogspot.co.uk/2017/07/taking-inner-beauty-seriously.html>
  • IAN JAMES KIDD and JONATHAN BEALE, eds., 2017. Wittgenstein and Scientism Routledge.
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2017. Cranks, Pluralists, and Epistemic Vices Social Epistemology Review and Reply Collective. 6(7), 7-9
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2017. Beautiful Bodhisattvas: The Aesthetics of Spiritual Exemplarity Contemporary Buddhism. (In Press.)
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2016. Charging Others with Epistemic Vice The Monist. 99(3), 181-197.
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2016. Feyerabend on Politics, Education, and Scientific Culture Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. 57, 121-128
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2016. Intellectual Humility, Confidence, and Argumentation Topoi. 35, 395-402
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2016. Historiography and the Philosophy of the Sciences Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. 55, 1-2
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2016. Inevitability, Contingency, and Epistemic Humility Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. 55, 12-19
  • 2016. Educating for Intellectual Humility. In: JASON BAEHR, ed., Intellectual Virtues and Education: Essays in Applied Virtue Epistemology Routledge. 54-70
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2016. ‘“What’s So Great about Science?” Feyerabend on Science, Ideology, and the Cold War. In: ELENA ARONOVA and SIMONE TURCHETTI, eds., Science Studies during the Cold War and Beyond Palgrave Macmillan. 55-76
  • MATTHEW J BROWN and IAN JAMES KIDD, eds., 2016. Reappraising Feyerabend Studies in History and Philosophy of Science.
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2016. How Should Feyerabend Have Defended Astrology?: A Reply to Pigliucci Available at: <https://social-epistemology.com/2016/06/08/how-should-feyerabend-have-defended-astrology-a-reply-to-pigliucci-ian-james-kidd/>
  • MATTHEW BROWN and IAN JAMES KIDD, eds., 2016. Reappraising Feyerabend
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2016. Being Ill, Living Well Aeon ideas|culture. Available at: <https://aeon.co/essays/can-there-be-anything-good-in-the-experience-of-illness>
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2015. Transformative Suffering and the Cultivation of Virtue Philosophy, Psychiatry, & Psychology. 22(4), 291-294
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2015. Feyerabend’s Against Method—40 Years On: Metascience 24(3), 343-349
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2015. Nature, Mystery, and Morality: A Daoist View Religious Studies. 51(2), 165-181
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2015. Emotion, Religious Practice, and Cosmopolitan Secularism Religious Studies. 50(2), 139-156
  • IAN JAMES KIDD and HAVI CAREL, 2015. Epistemic Injustice in Healthcare: A Philosophical Analysis Medicine, Healthcare, and Philosophy. 17(4), 529-540
  • IAN JAMES KIDD and ELIZABETH MCKINNELL, 2015. Introduction. In: IAN JAMES KIDD and ELIZABETH MCKINNELL, eds., Science and the Self: Animals, Evolution, and Ethics: Essays in Honour of Mary Midgley Routledge. 1-15
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2015. Doing Science an Injustice: Midgley on Scientism. In: IAN JAMES KIDD and ELIZABETH MCKINNELL, eds., Science and the Self: Animals, Evolution, and Ethics: Essays in Honour of Mary Midgley Routledge. 151-167
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2015. The Works of Mary Midgley. In: IAN JAMES KIDD and ELIZABETH MCKINNELL, eds., Science and the Self:: Animals, Evolution, and Ethics: Essays in Honour of Mary Midgley Routledge. 233-243
  • IAN JAMES KIDD and ELIZABETH MCKINNELL, eds., 2015. Science and the Self: Animals, Evolution, and Ethics: Essays in Honour of Mary Midgley Routledge.
  • ROBIN FINDLAY HENDRY and IAN JAMES KIDD, eds., 2015. Historiography and the Philosophy of the Sciences Studies in History and Philosophy of Science.
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2015. Feyerabend's 'Against Method': Forty Years On Metascience. 24(3), 343-349
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2014. Was Sir William Crookes Epistemically Virtuous? Studies in History and Philosophy of Science of the Biological and Biomedical Sciences. 48, 69-74
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2013. A Phenomenological Challenge to “Enlightened Secularism” Religious Studies. 49(3), 377-398
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2013. A Pluralist Challenge to ‘Integrative Medicine’: Feyerabend and Popper on the Cognitive Value of Alternative Medicine Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Science. 44(3), 392-400
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2013. Feyerabend on Science and Education Journal of Philosophy of Education. 47(3), 407-422
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2013. Historical Contingency and the Impact of Scientific Imperialism International Studies in the Philosophy of Science. 27(3), 317-326
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2013. Is Naturalism Bleak? Environmental Values. 22(6), 689-702
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2013. Science and the Making of Modernity Annals of Science. 70, 105-107
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2013. Feyerabend on the Ineffability of Reality. In: JEANNE DILLER and ASA KASHER, eds., Models of God and Alternative Ultimate Realities Kluwer. 849-859
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2013. Oswald Spengler. In: GREGORY CLAEY, ed., Encyclopaedia of Modern Political Thought 2. CQ Press. 766-768
  • 2012. Can Illness be Edifying? Inquiry. 55(5), 496-520
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2012. Humane Philosophy and the Question of Progress Ratio. XXV(3), 277-290
  • 2012. Receptivity to Mystery European Journal for Philosophy of Religion. 4(3), 51-68
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2012. Feyerabend, Pseudo-Dionysius, and the Ineffability of Reality Philosophia. 40(2), 365-377
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2012. Biopiracy and the Protection of Medical Heritage: The Case of India’s Traditional Knowledge Digital Library Journal of Medical Humanities. 33, 175-183
  • GUY BENNETT-HUNTER and IAN JAMES KIDD, eds., 2012. Mystery and Humility European Journal for Philosophy of Religion.
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2011. Objectivity, Abstraction, and the Individual: The Influence of Søren Kierkegaard on Paul Feyerabend Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. 42(1), 125-134
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2011. Pierre Duhem’s Epistemic Aims and the Intellectual Virtue of Humility Studies in History and Philosophy of Science. 42(1), 185-189
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2008. Method in the Madness: Feyerabend’s Philosophical Pluralism Metascience. 17, 469-473
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, Exemplars, Ethics, and Illness Narratives Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics. (In Press.)
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, Epistemic Corruption and Education Episteme. (In Press.)

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