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King-Ho Leung

Postgraduate Research Student, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

After studying political theory and philosophy at St. Andrews, I moved to Nottingham to pursue doctoral research under the supervision of Prof. John Milbank (Emeritus) and Prof. Philip Goodchild (Philosophy), where I was awarded the Heymann Research Scholarship.

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, including its 2016 conference on Metaphysics (sponsored by the Mind Association). I am also currently the convenor of the Continental Philosophy Reading Group (formerly Philosophical Theology 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 at Nottingham. I also served on the Executive Committee of the British Postgraduate Philosophy Association (BPPA) for 2015-2016.

Teaching Summary

I am currently a Teaching Affiliate for the following module seminars this academic year (2016-17) :

  • Philosophy of Religion (2nd year undergrad module)
  • Philosophy for Theologians (1st year undergrad module)
  • Theology and Ethics in the Modern World (1st year undergrad module)

And also one-off classes and programmes this year (2017):

  • Post-modernism and Post-structuralism (Foundation Arts)
  • Post-genderism and Post-humanism (Foundation Arts)
  • Metaphysics in Contemporary Continental Philosophy (Distance Learning MA Residential Study Week)
  • Habit and Identity (Session for the Sutton Trust Summer School 2017)
  • I will also be a guest teacher for the Oxbridge Academic Programs 'Philosophy and Ethics' summer school in Scotland, teaching classes on metaphysics and virtue ethics.

Previous teaching include:

  • Justice (MA and 3rd year undergrad module; one quarter of the lectures)
  • Body and Soul: Theological Anthropology (2nd and 3rd year undergrad module; weekly seminars)
  • Existentialism and Ethics (Session for the Sutton Trust Summer School 2016)

Research Summary

My current work is on the metaphysics of 'life' in contemporary continental philosophy and biopolitics. My doctoral dissertation specifically explores whether philosophy as metaphysical theorisation… 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

'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 current work is on the metaphysics of 'life' in contemporary continental philosophy and biopolitics. My doctoral dissertation specifically explores whether philosophy as metaphysical theorisation may be reconcilable with the practice of philosophy as a 'way of life' (as emphasised by Pierre Hadot). Putting Christian Neoplatonism in conversation with contemporary continental philosophy (particularly Heidegger, Arendt, Deleuze, Agamben and Grosz), my dissertation argues that life is a central term for the philosophical task of to think 'being', offering a reconsideration of the Christian Neoplatonic triadic metaphysics of 'being' (on), 'life' (zoe) and 'thinking' (nous), in which 'life' or 'living' acts an ontological middle term that mediates 'being' and 'thinking'.

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

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