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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.

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'm working mainly on five projects.

1. Epistemic virtues, vices, and corruption I'm interested in the epistemic virtues of curiosity and courage, epistemic vices like hubris and laziness, the history and methodology of vice epistemology, the phenomenon of epistemic corruption, epistemic injustice, virtuous and vicious argumentative and adversarial practice, cross-cultural virtue and vice epistemology, and epistemic character and education. This work shades into social and applied epistemology and the philosophy of education. An emerging aim is to articulate a doctrine of 'epistemic misanthropy', a dark, negative appraisal of humankind based on a sober appreciation of our epistemic vices and failings - ones pronounced, entrenched, and ubiquitous in our ways of life. (Cheerful stuff, of course, continuous with a longer historical tendency, within philosophy, to misanthropy.)

2. The experience and value of illness I defend the claim that certain experiences of illness can, under certain conditions, have positive moral and transformative value. Certain ways of experiencing and responding to illness can enable the cultivation of certain virtues and be 'edifying'. Crucially, however, this claim must not lapse into invidious 'bright-siding' of illness - a genuine worry for a humane philosophy of illness of the sort that I want to provide. My questions include: how can experiences of illness enable the cultivation and exercise of virtues? What are the virtues associated with edifying responses to illness? What sorts of conditions can enable edification in illness? What do we say about cases where illness erodes rather than enhances a person's moral character?

3. Epistemic injustice and illness Ill persons often report feel ignored, 'silenced', or otherwise epistemically marginalised within both healthcare encounters and the wider social world. In an ongoing collaboration, Havi Carel and I argue that many of these reports can be articulated as experiences of pathocentric epistemic injustice. A positive upshot is that we can use epistemology and phenomenology to try to improve healthcare practice and policy to counter such injustices.

4. The later Feyerabend The philosopher of science, Paul Feyerabend, the self-styled 'epistemological anarchist', was dubbed 'the worst enemy of science'. Throughout the mid- to later stages of his career, he advanced criticisms of certain conceptions of science and of scientific culture. Against the 'bad reputation', I argue that Feyerabend was a critic of scientism not of science. Indeed, on my reading, central to his project was an ardent defence of the epistemic authority of science against the myths and simplifications that distort or disguise its complexities (like methodological monism or the value-free ideal.) I therefore connect Feyerabend's epistemology and philosophy of science with his educational, political, and cultural interests.

5. Spiritual exemplars I'm using Linda Zagzebki's exemplarism to explore the plurality of forms of spiritual exemplarity. I aim to give accounts of cross-cultural varieties of spiritual exemplarity, the aesthetics of exemplarity, and the idea of 'cosmic emulation' - that certain human virtues are emulations of deep features of the grounds or source of reality. What emerges is a pluralistic account of spiritual exemplarity that illuminates the practices and experiences intrinsic to the relevant traditions, and also articulate their deep, underlying aspirations - a task for the phenomenology of the spiritual life.

Other bits I also work on the history of 19th and 20th century Austro-German philosophy, with a special interest in Nietzsche, Heidegger, Wittgenstein, and the 'reactionary modernists'. I'm also starting to work more on classical Chinese philosophy, focusing on classical Confucianism and early Daoism, mainly via exemplarist studies of their literary style and moral practices. Based on the religious work on beauty, virtue, and character, I'm also interested to defend the idea of embodied moral beauty - a form of beauty consisting of the expression of virtues in bodily comportment (e.g. gestures, speech, posture).

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
  • 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. Epistemic Courage and the Harms of Epistemic Life. In: The Routledge Handbook to Virtue Epistemology Routledge. (In Press.)
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2018. Adversity, Wisdom, and Exemplarism Journal of Value Inquiry. (In Press.)
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2018. Spiritual Exemplars International Journal of Philosophy and Theology. (In Press.)
  • IAN JAMES KIDD, 2018. Feyerabend, Pluralism, and Parapsychology Bulletin of the Parapsychology Association. (In Press.)
  • 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, 2017. 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. 11-25
  • 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, 2017. Life, "Technics", and the Decline of the West Berlin Review of Books.
  • 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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