Oliver Thorne

PhD student

Research Overview

My current research is in comparative philosophy working with 20th Century Japanese philosophy, continental feminist thought, and psychoanalysis. More specifically the title of my Ph.D thesis is: Buddhist Emptiness and Sexuate difference: A philosophical comparison of the thought of Nishitani Keiji and Luce Irigaray. The research project is from 1/10/13 until 1/10/2016.

My wider research interests are broadly across three areas: existentialism, psychoanalysis and Buddhism. In particular 19th and 20th Century European thinkers such as: Hegel, Nietzsche, Freud, Heidegger, Sartre, Irigaray and Deleuze. Other areas of philosophical interest include: feminist philosophy; Ancient Greek philosophy; philosophy in literature and art; postcolonialism; and the philosophy of religion encapsulated in the slogan - 'death of God'. I am also greatly interested in world philosophy and literature, especially in comparison with European thought.