Sam Fremantle (BSc, MA, Phd) specialises in ethics and political philosophy. His first degree was philosophy and economics at the University of Bristol which was then followed by the MA in political philosophy (the idea of toleration) at the University of York. He has just (finally!) completed his doctoral thesis on the subject of distributive justice at UCL. Those who are interested in reading it may download Reconstructing Rawls here. He has taught at Morley College, Lambeth and continues to teach at Birkbeck College. He teadhes at, and is is the founder of, the newly formed International School of Philosophy. E-mail Sam (sam[at]londonschoolofphilosophy.org).
Anja Steinbauer (BA, MA, PhD) studied philosophy, sinology and history at the universities of Hamburg, Taiwan (NTNU) and London (SOAS and King’s College London). She has lectured in university and adult education philosophy since 1997 and co-initiated the country’s only Access to Philosophy programme, which she successfully ran for almost a decade. Anja is also founder and president of London’s vibrant philosophy organisation Philosophy For All, co-edits Philosophy Now magazine, and has appeared as a philosopher on radio and TV. E-mail Anja (anja[at]philosophynow.org).
Shahrar Ali has degrees in biochemical engineering (BEng) and philosophy (BA, MPhil, PhD) from the University of London. His PhD (UCL) was A Theory of Intentional Deception and Lying and his research interests are in moral and applied philosophy. He recently published, ‘Is there a justifiable shoot-to-kill policy?’ in Discourses and Practices of Terrorism (Routledge, 2010, abstract). He has taught at the University of Hertfordshire, APU, City Lit, WEA and continues to teach at Birkbeck College. E-mail Shahrar (shahrar[at]londonschoolofphilosophy.org).
Jane O’Grady did a BEd in English at Homerton College, Cambridge, a BA in philosophy at UCL, and studied the topic of sincerity for a philosophy PhD at Birkbeck College. She teaches Philosophy of Psychology at City University, and is Philosophy Obituarist for the Guardian, as well as writing articles and reviews for various newspapers, magazines and websites. With A J Ayer she co-edited A Dictionary of Philosophical Quotations. She has written Introductions to John Stuart Mill’s On Liberty and The Subjection of Women, and to Plato’s Euthyphro, Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Symposium (Wordsworth), and 16 entries in The Oxford Companion to Philosophy. At the moment, she is writing a book on being in love, which embraces philosophy, psychology, anthropology and literature. E-mail Jane (jane[at]londonschoolofphilosophy.org).
Keith Barrett Before receiving my first degree in philosophy from Oxford University, I spent three years working as a nursing assistant in psychiatric hospitals, and it was in this very practical context that I first encountered existentialism and psychoanalysis. This inspired me to undertake postgraduate studies on both Freud and Heidegger, leading finally to a PhD from the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL for a dissertation on ‘Freud’s Self-Analysis’. As a philosophy teacher, my main courses have been ‘Existentialism (Kierkegaard, Nietzsche, Heidegger, Sartre)’; ‘Philosophy and Psychoanalysis (Freud, Jung, Klein, Winnicott, Lacan)’; ‘The Later Heidegger’; and ‘Philosophers of Otherness (Levinas, Girard, Ricoeur, Derrida)’. Having taught philosophy for more than 20 years, I am a firm believer in the potential for creativity of live group discussion. E-mail Keith (keith[at]londonschoolofphilosophy.org).
Meade McCloughan studied philosophy and literature at the University of Warwick and philosophy at the University of London, first at Birkbeck College (MPhil thesis: critical sociability in Kant’s aesthetic theory), then UCL (PhD thesis: Kant’s theory of progress). His interests are in modern European philosophy from the enlightenment onwards, in particular Kant, Hegel, Marx, Nietzsche and Heidegger. For more information, see his webpage. E-mail Meade (meade[at]londonschoolofphilosophy.org).
Mark Fielding has taught at UCL, Birkbeck College, The Open University, and The University of Greenwich. He holds degrees from the University of Manchester and UCL. His principle interests are in the areas of Philosophy and Film, contemporary political thought, 20th Century French and German Philosophy, and Philosophy and Biology. He has recently been working on books on Philosophy and Horror and the nature of political utopias in the contemporary world. The LSP represents an opportunity to renew the small group teaching with a focus on serious discussion in a central location which London deserves! E-mail Mark (mark[at]londonschoolofphilosophy.org).