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King-Ho Leung

Postgraduate Research Student, Faculty of Arts



I began my doctoral research in 2014 under the supervision of Prof. John Milbank (Emeritus) and Prof. Philip Goodchild (Philosophy). I was awarded the Heymann Research Award by the University in 2017. I have been the deputy director of the Centre of Theology and Philosophy (CoTP) since 2016 and the principal organiser of a number of CoTP events. I am also currently the convenor of the Continental Philosophy Reading Group.

In February 2016, I gave a public lecture on Taylor Swift and Gilles Deleuze's philosophy of repetition as part of a lecture series on popular culture for the University of Nottingham.

Teaching Summary

In the academic year 2017-18, I will be a teaching affiliate and tutor for the following module seminars:

  • - Faith and Reason (Distance Learning MA)
  • - Aquinas and Thomisms (Distance Learning MA)
  • - Philosophy for Theologians (1st year undergrad module; seminars)
  • - Theology and Ethics in the Modern World (1st year undergrad module; seminars)

I have previously contributed teaching to the following other classes at Nottingham: Justice (a quarter of the lectures as well as syllabus design); Philosophy of Religion (seminars); Body and Soul (seminars); Foundation Arts (Post-modernism and Post-structuralism; Post-genderism and Post-humanism); Metaphysics and Continental Philosophy (Distance Learning MA Residential Study Week 2017).

I have also taught some one-off sessions for other institutions: Existentialism and Ethics (Sutton Trust Summer School 2016); Habit and Identity (Sutton Trust Summer School 2017); Metaphysics and Virtue Ethics (Guest teacher for the Oxbridge Academic Programs 'Philosophy and Ethics' Scotland Summer School, 2017).

Research Summary

My research interests are broadly in the areas of contemporary continental philosophy (especially metaphysics and philosophical anthropology), philosophy as a way of life, post-secular political… read more

Recent Publications

Conference Organisation

Agamben and Decadence. 25 May 2017. The Centre of Theology and Philosophy. Speakers include: Agata Bielik-Robson, Arthur Bradley, John Milbank, and Piotr SawczyƄski.

The Politics of Fear and the Shift to the Right. 1 February 2017. The Centre of Theology and Philosophy. A special staff-student teach-in.

The Europe Question: Theology and International Relations. 22 June 2016. The Centre of Theology and Philosophy, in collaboration with the Theology Department of the University of Fribourg, Switzerland. Spakers include: John Milbank, Adrian Pabst, Guido Vergauwen, Barbara Hallensleben, and Neil Turnbull.

Metaphysics: First Philosophy after the Analytic-Continental Divide. 7 May 2016. The Centre of Theology and Philosophy. Speakers include: Stephen Mumford, John Milbank, Frederique Janssen-Lauret, Mark Jago, Agata Bielik-Robson, and Ian Bacher. Sponsored by the Mind Association.

'Magic.' 20 February 2016. The Centre for Bible, Ethics and Theology annual postgraduate conference. Co-organised with Mark Wreford.

I was also the assistant organiser for Re-reading Derrida's Faith and Knowledge (1-2 June 2015, Northern Theory School) and Radical Orthodoxy and Protestantism (21 Novemeber 2015, the Centre of Theology and Philosophy), both of which featured a number of international speakers.

Conference Presentations

'A "Paradoxical" Response to "What we can and cannot say",' Joint Graduate Conference in Philosophy for the Universities of Birmingham, Nottingham and Warwick. University of Birmingham, 15 June 2017.

'Post-truth Politics and the Sovereign Self,' Annual Conference of the Society for the Study of Theology ('Philosophy and Theology' seminar stream), Nottingham, 24-26 April 2017.

'Language (and) Animals: Subjectivity and the "Form of Life" according to Agamben and Taylor,' Joint Annual Conference 2016, Society for European Philosophy and the Forum for European Philosophy, Regent's University London, 25-27 August 2016.

'Beyond A World of Becoming: A Platonic Imagination of International Politics,' Rethinking Politics in a Volatile World, School of Politics and International Relations, University of Nottingham, 10 June 2016.

'Univocity in the Name of the Multiple? On the One and the Many in Badiou's Ontology,' Set Theory Ontology and the Philosophy of the Event, University of Liverpool, 2-3 October 2015.

'Politicisation as Theological Decolonisation?' Political Theology: The Liberation of the Post-secular?, The Association for Continental Philosophy of Religion, Liverpool Hope University, 10-12 July 2015.

'Derrida's Context without Context of the Desert in the Desert.' Re-thinking Derrida's Faith and Knowledge, The Northern Theory School and the University of Nottingham, 1-2 June 2015.

'Responsibility: Command or Habit?.' Politics of Responsibility. International Political Theory Graduate Conference, University of St Andrews, 28-29 May 2015.

'The Cartesian Turn and Life.' Divine and Human Personhood: A Day Symposium. University of Oxford, 15 May 2015.

'Limbo, Prison and Biopolitical "After-life": The Political Eschatologies of Agamben and Foucault.' Crime and Punishment Conference. The Centre for Bible, Ethics and Theology (CBET), Nottingham, 7 February 2015.

'A Secular Age of Exception? Reading Charles Taylor alongside Giorgio Agamben.' Charles Taylor and Philosophical Anthropology. The Centre of Theology and Philosophy, Nottingham, 9 May 2014.

Current Research

My research interests are broadly in the areas of contemporary continental philosophy (especially metaphysics and philosophical anthropology), philosophy as a way of life, post-secular political theory and philosophy of religion.

My doctoral dissertation explores the relation between the practice of philosophy as a way of life (as advocated by Pierre Hadot) and the ontological theorisation of 'life' in contemporary continental philosophy and biopolitics, engaging specifically with the works of Martin Heidegger, Heidegger's former students Hannah Arendt and Giorgio Agamben, as well as Gilles Deleuze (and via Deleuze, Henri Bergson).

In addition to the thinkers examined in my dissertation, I have also written on the works of Alain Badiou, Jacques Derrida, and Charles Taylor.

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