Alexandre Leskanich

Biography and/or project

Independent writer and philosopher based in London. I am Book Reviews Editor for The Philosopher (the longest-running journal of public philosophy in the UK and the official periodical of The Philosophical Society of England since 1923) and a Copy Editor for the interdisciplinary philosophy journal Evental Aesthetics. I am also an Early Career Member of the Royal Historical Society, a member of the Centre for Philosophical Studies of History, University of Oulu, and a member of the International Network for Theory of History.

Apart from the philosophy of history (broadly construed), my other interests include European philosophy, Modern European thought and culture, the history of philosophy, moral philosophy, epistemology, the European Enlightenment, social and political theory, and contemporary politics, technology and media.

I read History as an undergraduate at the University of Leicester, where I also attained an MA in History, before switching subjects to gain an MSc in Philosophy from Edinburgh University, and then an MSc in Political Theory from The London School of Economics and Political Science. I subsequently received a full scholarship to complete a PhD from the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at Royal Holloway and Bedford New College, University of London (awarded July 2020). It was examined by Professor Nikolaj Lübecker (Oxford) and Dr Daniel Whistler (London). My interests for the purpose of this thesis centred on the 'Anthropocene' discourse (that is, the claim that the human species merits, through its dominant capacity to engineer the planet to suit its purposes, its very own 'epoch'), particularly its implications for human historical self-comprehension.

I am presently working on a book project, ‘The Anthropocene and the Sense of History: Reflections from Precarious Life’, under contract with Routledge, which seeks to elucidate the experiential or sensory texture of historicized life in the grip of climatic and political crisis. In addition to my academic work, I frequently write and publish on a number of philosophical and political topics for literary/current affairs magazines, through which I hope to better understand contemporary thought and culture.

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