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Dr Ben Ware

Teaching Fellow in Philosophy & Culture

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Email benjamin.ware@kcl.ac.uk
Address: Department of Theology & Religious Studies
King's College London
Room 3.20, Virginia Woolf Building,
22 Kingsway

London, WC2B 6LE

 

Biography

Ben Ware joined King’s College London in 2017. Prior to this, he was a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Manchester and a Visiting Research Fellow at the Institute of English Studies, School of Advanced Study, University of London.

Dr Ware’s research focuses on the intersections between modern European philosophy (both continental and analytic traditions), ethics and modernist literature. He is the author of Dialectic of the Ladder: Wittgenstein, the ‘Tractatus’ and Modernism (London: Bloomsbury, 2015) and Modernism, Ethics and the Political Imagination: Living Wrong Life Rightly (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). The latter study appeared in Palgrave’s prestigious Language, Discourse, Society series, edited by Stephen Heath, Colin MacCabe and Denise Riley. Dr Ware has also edited special issues of the journals Parallax (‘Right in Front of our Eyes’, November 2016) and College Literature: A Journal of Critical Literary Studies (‘Happiness and Hedonism’, January 2018). He is currently completing two monographs: one on Forms of Desire, which will be the final work in his trilogy on modernism; and a study on the ‘Philosophy of Complaint’.   

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Interdisciplinary approaches to philosophy, especially the relation between philosophy, ethics and literature
  • Questions of value (what is means to lead a ‘right life’), alongside questions of aesthetics, religion and politics
  • Philosophy of language, especially Wittgenstein
  • Psychoanalysis and theology
  • Continental critical theory, especially Benjamin and Adorno

Dr Ware welcomes enquiries from prospective research students wishing to work with him on projects relating to his research interests.

Selected publications

Modernism, Ethics and the Political Imagination: Living Wrong Life Rightly (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2017) [Authored book]

Dialectic of the Ladder: Wittgenstein, the ‘Tractatus’ and Modernism (London: Bloomsbury, 2015) [Authored book]

‘Johannes de Silentio and the Art of Subtraction’, Parallax 22:3 (November 2016), pp. 391-411 [Peer-Reviewed journal article]

 ‘Find it New: Aspect-Perception and Modernist Ethics’, in Wittgenstein and the Creativity of Language (Basingstoke: Palgrave, 2015), pp. 238-63 [Chapter]

Tragic-Dialectical-Perfectionism: A Reading of

Beckett’s Endgame’, College Literature 42:1 (2015), pp. 3-21 [Peer-reviewed journal article]

Teaching

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