This is a blog where I can explore thoughts I have about philosophy, theory and culture. The thrust is broadly critical theory and continental philosophy. At the moment I’m particularly interested in the relationship between post-structuralist philosophy, communism, and contemporary anarchist and autonomist theory. Beyond this, I’m interested in recent continental scholarship on Spinoza (who is a huge influence on both my life and work) and the thought of Louis Althusser and Antonio Negri.
I’m a PhD researcher at the University of Leeds. I will soon be taking a temporary leave of absence in order to prioritise my mental health and wellbeing. My project is an attempt to investigate and develop an approach to radical democratic theory based on the work of Gilles Deleuze (and his work with Félix Guattari). This of course involves a critical engagement with the existing literature, especially the populist approaches of Ernesto Laclau and Chantal Mouffe, William E. Connolly’s pluralist theory, and Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri’s own Deleuze-inspired theory of radical democracy. My contention is that Deleuze’s work offers resources and inspiration for thinking radical democracy which has so far gone underappreciated, especially through his critique of representation, and can open up new, emancipatory ways of thinking through both democracy and communism.
I’m also one of the four co-hosts of Acid Horizon, a theory podcast dedicated to exploring important philosophical texts and ideas by thinkers who speak to the problems of our current world and the possibility of liberation. We also work with Zer0 Books over on their YouTube channel to bring you interviews and discussions with interesting theorists, philosophers, writers, and activists. You can follow our Twitter account @AcidHorizonPod (primarily run by Craig), or subscribe to us on most podcasting services including YouTube, Apple Podcasts and Spotify. If you like what we’re doing and would like to support us in creating great new episodes, please consider supporting us on Patreon.