Dr. Alec Hinshelwood

Dr. Alec Hinshelwood

Postdoctoral Leverhulme Fellow and UP Fellow

Period at the center: October 2021 - March 2024

Research Project: The Work of Human Hands: Marx on Humanity as Solidarity

Email: hinshelwood@uni-potsdam.de


Alec Hinshelwood was a Leverhulme Fellow at the CPKP and is currently a UP Fellow. Previously, he was a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Leipzig (2018-21) and a Teaching Fellow at UC London (2018). He received his PhD from University College London (2017) and a BPhil from the University of Oxford (2011). His main interests are in the philosophy of mind and action, and in ethics–especially moral psychology. In general, his work is informed by Aristotle, Kant, Hegel, Marx and psychoanalysis.

Research Project

The Work of Human Hands: Marx on Humanity as Solidarity

In my project, I aim to recover a ground for Marx’s conception of human nature, on which it is seen to consist in our being solidary with one another. I want to show how that conception can help with a difficulty which emerges in connection with neo-Aristotelian ethical theory, but which is not adequately addressed by a Hegelian alternative to that neo-Aristotelianism.

Selected publications


“The Work of Humans Hands”, in: Practical Reason, eds. J. Conant und D. Ometto (Berlin: de Gruyter, forthcoming).

“How to Make Do with Events”, in: European Journal of Philosophy (2021).

“The Metaphysics and Epistemology of Settling”, in: Inquiry 56:6 (2013), 625-638.

“The Relations between Agency, Identification, and Alienation”, in: Philosophical Explorations 16:3 (2013), 243-258.