Glendinning, Simon

Professor Simon Glendinning  


Position held

Professor of European Philosophy, Director of the Forum for European Philosophy


Non LSE positions held

Home Office Animals in Science Committee



Experience keywords:

European Philosophy; Philosophy of Europe; animal ethics; phenomenology and deconstruction

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Since 2007 my work has become increasingly occupied with an unusual and challenging research question: What can philosophy contribute to an understanding of Europe today?

Philosophy has always had a distinctive take on Europe. Heidegger voiced the view with characteristic directness: “The statement that philosophy is in its nature Greek says nothing more than that Europe is, in the innermost core of its history, originally philosophical.”

Taking up anew the injunction to conceive Europe as itself a philosophical phenomenon my work attempts to show how a distinctively philosophical engagement with Europe can contribute once more to Europe’s political project.

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French [Spoken: Intermediate, Written: Basic]

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Glendinning, Simon (2017) I—European philosophical history and faith in God a posteriori Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume, 91 (1). 63-82. ISSN 0309-7013

Glendinning, Simon (2017) A new rootedness? education in the technological age Studies in Philosophy in Education. 1-16. ISSN 0039-3746


Glendinning, Simon (2016) Beyond the divide: religion and atheism in dialogue In: Tony, Carroll and Norman, Richard, (eds.) Religiosity and Secularity in Europe. Taylor & Francis Group, Oxford, UK.

Glendinning, Simon (2016) In the shadow of the EU referendum: "this is the worst" Forum for European Philosophy Blog (19 Sep 2016) Blog entry

Glendinning, Simon and Dunin-Wąsowicz, Roch (2016) Ever closer to different destinations: how the renegotiation changed the EU’s aims LSE Brexit (12 Jun 2016) Blog entry

Glendinning, Simon (2016) Derrida and the philosophy of law and justice Law and Critique, 27 (2). 187-203. ISSN 0957-8536

Glendinning, Simon (2016) Nietzsche’s Europe: an experimental anticipation of the future Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, 47 (3). 276-291. ISSN 0007-1773

Glendinning, Simon (2016) Derrida In: Leach, Stephen and Tartaglia, James, (eds.) Consciousness and the Great Philosopher: What would they have said about our mind-body problem?. Routledge, Oxford, UK, 261-271. ISBN 9781138934429

(2016) Ever closer union: report of the hearing held on 15th April, 2016 Glendinning, Simon and Dunin-Wąsowicz, Roch, eds The London School of Economics and Political Science, European Institute, London, UK.


Glendinning, Simon (2015) A time after Copernicus In: Nagai, K. and Rooney, C. and Landry, D. and Mattfeld, M. and Sleigh, C. and Jones, Karen, (eds.) Cosmopolitan Animals. Palgrave Macmillan, Palgrave Macmillan, UK. ISBN 9781137376275

Glendinning, Simon (2015) Derrida and Europe beyond Eurocentrism and anti-Eurocentrism Forum for European Philosophy Blog (2 Nov 2015) blog

Glendinning, Simon (2015) Nietzsche, Europe and the German question LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (1 Oct 2015) Blog entry

Glendinning, Simon (2015) ‘Neoliberal’ variants have dominated Europe’s history but they have paved the way for a new conception of human progress LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (16 Mar 2015) Blog entry

Glendinning, Simon (2015) Varieties of neoliberalism Graduate Faculty Philosophy Journal, 36 (2). 437-461. ISSN 2153-9197


Glendinning, Simon (2014) Europe’s goal should not be a United States of Europe, but a better united Europe of states LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (20 Nov 2014) Blog entry

Glendinning, Simon (2014) Settled-there: Heidegger on the work of art as the cultivation of place Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology, 1 (1). 7-32. ISSN 2053-9320


Glendinning, Simon (2013) Three cultures of atheism: on serious doubts about the existence of God International Journal for Philosophy of Religion, 73 (1). 39-55. ISSN 0020-7047

Duff, Andrew and Glendinning, Simon and Hancké, Bob and Chalmers, Damian and Usherwood, Simon and Brown, Stuart A. and Van der Sweet, Arno and Cammaerts, Bart (2013) David Cameron’s EU speech – our experts react LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (23 Jan 2013) Blog entry

Glendinning, Simon (2013) The work of J.S. Mill shows the danger in eliminating the differences between European nations LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (30 Sep 2013) Blog entry

Glendinning, Simon (2013) The end of the world designed with men in mind Journal of Historical Sociology, 26 (3). 291-317. ISSN 0952-1909

Glendinning, Simon (2013) Europe should reject Jürgen Habermas’ vision of a federal European state and instead create an enduring association between sovereign nations. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (3 Sep 2013) Blog entry

Glendinning, Simon (2013) Rather than pursuing a dogmatic view of an ‘ideal’ European Union, we should cultivate greater debate about the nature of Europe and our place within it. LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (22 Jan 2013) Blog entry

Glendinning, Simon (2013) Wittgenstein and Heidegger and the "face" of life in our time In: Egan, David and Reynolds, Stephen and Wendland, Aaron, (eds.) Wittgenstein and Heidegger. Routledge studies in twentieth century philosophy. Routledge, Abingdon, UK, 34-49. ISBN 9780415509985

Glendinning, Simon (2013) #Philosophy #Europe rodolphe gasché,Europe, or the infinite task: a study of a philosophical concept(stanford: stanford university press, 2009), xii + 412. Oxford Literary Review, 35 (1). 89-115. ISSN 0305-1498


Jones, Karen and Welch, E. and Forder, Julien and Windle, Karen and Davidson, J. and Dolan, Paul and Glendinning, Simon and Irvine, A. and King, Derek (2012) Experiences of implementing personal health budgets: second interim report Unit of Kent, Personal Social Services Research Unit, Kent, UK.

Glendinning, Simon (2012) A European federation of states is the only form of integration which has the chance to preserve freedom and survive shifting power relations between sovereign nations LSE European Politics and Policy (EUROPP) Blog (11 Jul 2012) Blog entry

Glendinning, Simon (2012) The heading of a problem Southern Journal of Philosophy, 50 (2). 180-190. ISSN 0038-4283


Glendinning, Simon (2011) Europe, for example Moving Worlds: a Journal of Transcultural Writings, 11 (2). ISSN 1474-4600

Glendinning, Simon (2011) Sentencing Derrida Modern Law Review, 74 (2). 306-321. ISSN 0026-7961

Glendinning, Simon (2011) Europe, for example LSE 'Europe in Question' discussion paper series, The London School of Economics and Political Science, London.

Glendinning, Simon (2011) Unmasking the tradition In: Gustafsson, Martin and Sørli, Richard, (eds.) The Philosophy of J. L. Austin. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780199219759

Glendinning, Simon (2011) Derrida: a very short introduction Very short introductions. Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK. ISBN 9780192803450


Glendinning, Simon (2010) Argument all the way down: the demanding discipline of non-argumento-centric modes of philosophy In: Reynolds, J. and Chase, J. and Williams, J., (eds.) Postanalytic and Metacontinental Crossing Philosophical Divides. Continuum Studies in Philosophy. Continuum, London, UK, 71-84. ISBN 9780826424419


Glendinning, Simon (2009) Japheth’s World: the rise of secularism and the revival of religion today European Legacy, 14 (4). 409-426. ISSN 1084-8770


Glendinning, Simon and Eaglestone, Robert (2008) Derrida’s legacies: literature and philosophy Routledge. ISBN 978-0-415-45428-5


Glendinning, Simon (2007) In the name of phenomenology Routledge, London, UK. ISBN 9780203946701

Glendinning, Simon (2007) The genius of man In: Baldwin, Thomas, (ed.) Reading Merleau-Ponty: on the Phenomenology of Perception. Routledge, London, 88-104. ISBN 9780415399937

Glendinning, Simon (2007) What is Phenomenology? Philosophy Compass, 3 (1). 30-50. ISSN 1747-9991


Glendinning, Simon (2006) Le plaisir de la lecture: reading the other animal Parallax, 12 (1). 81-94. ISSN 1353-4645

Glendinning, Simon (2006) The idea of continental philosophy Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh, UK. ISBN 9780748624713


Glendinning, Simon (2004) Philosophy as nomadism In: Carel, Havi and Gamez, David, (eds.) What Philosophy Is. Continuum International Publishing Group, London, 155-167. ISBN 0826472419


Glendinning, Simon (2003) The end of philosophy as metaphysics In: Baldwin, Thomas, (ed.) The Cambridge History of Philosophy, 1870-1945. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK, 656-580. ISBN 052159104x

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