Department of Philosophy

Dr Gordon Finlayson

Post:Reader in Philosophy (Philosophy)
Other posts:Director (Centre for Social and Political Thought)
 Senior Lecturer in Philosophy (Centre for Social and Political Thought)
Location:ARTS A A029
Personal homepage:Gordon Finlayson's Personal Website

Telephone numbers
UK:01273 876629
International:+44 1273 876629

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I studied French and German at the University of St. Andrews, with philosophy as a minor. Thereafter I took an M.A. in Continental Philosophy and completed my Ph.D on Hegel's Criticism of Kant at the University of Essex. Afterwards I held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Freie Universitaet and studied ancient Greek at the Humboldt University of Berlin. From 1995 to 2004 I was a lecturer in the philosophy department, teaching in Modern European philosophy at the University of York, and was a core member of the School of Poliitics, Economics and Philosophy, before moving to Sussex in October 2004. Where I became part of the core faculty in Social and Political Thought and convenor in 2008 (and director of the Centre for Social and Political Thought) from 2009.

I have been a member of the Executive Committee of the British Philosophical Association from 2004-2012 and was Chair of the Society for European Philosophy until 2011. I am a member of the Programme Committee of  the Forum for European Philosophy, and campaign actively for the humanities and philosophy in Higher Education.

You can find more information about me and my work on my website here.


Reader in Philosophy

Director, Centre of Social and Political Thought



Community and Business

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

Programme Board of the Forum for European Philosophy

Chair of the Society for European Philosophy 2007-2011

Elected Member of the Executive Commitee of the British Philosophical Association

EACEA Member of the Panel of Experts for Erasmus Programme Action 1 2011-2013



M.A. Joint Honours in French and German, University of St. Andrews.

M.A. Continental Philosophy, University of Essex. Ph. D. Philosophy, University of Essex

Graecum (Ancient Greek) Theological Faculty, Humboldt University, Berlin