Simon Glendinning

Simon Glendinning
Glendinning in 2014
Born 13 December 1964 (1964-12-13) (age 53)
Era 21st-century philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Phenomenology, deconstruction
Main interests
European philosophy
Notable ideas
"Philosophy of Europe"

Simon Glendinning (born 1964) is an English philosopher, and is currently Professor of European Philosophy in the European Institute at the London School of Economics. He is Director of the Forum for European Philosophy.

Glendinning's work is characterised by the way in which it engages with thinkers and themes from both the 'analytic' and 'continental' traditions in philosophy. His first book, On Being With Others: Heidegger-Wittgenstein-Derrida, is an analysis of the problem of other minds. His later writings are largely concerned with the phenomenological tradition in philosophy. In the Name of Phenomenology is a detailed study of that tradition. The Idea of Continental Philosophy is a critique of the contemporary division between ‘analytic’ and ‘continental’ philosophy, and argues that phenomenological philosophy in particular should not be conceived as an exclusively ‘continental’ tradition. In 2011 he published Derrida: A Very Short Introduction. However, most of his work since 2007 has involved a turn from European Philosophy towards the Philosophy of Europe.

His father was the Goya specialist, Nigel Glendinning. His mother is the author, Victoria Glendinning. He is the youngest of four brothers. The eldest, Paul Glendinning, is a mathematician at the University of Manchester. The second is the photographer, Hugo Glendinning and the third is sports journalist, Matthew Glendinning. He lives in Henley-on-Thames , a Thames-side town in Oxfordshire, and is father of three children.

In January 2015 Glendinning was a guest on BBC Radio 4's In Our Time, which discussed phenomenology.[1]

Academic career

Glendinning studied philosophy at the University of Oxford and at the University of York, since which he has held a series of positions:

  • 1993–1997: Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of Kent
  • 1997–2004: Senior Lecturer, Department of Philosophy, University of Reading
  • 2004–2013: Reader in European Philosophy, European Institute, LSE
  • 2014–present: Professor of European Philosophy, European Institute, LSE

Published books

As author

  • 2011: Derrida: A Very Short Introduction, Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • 2007: In the Name of Phenomenology, Abingdon: Routledge
  • 2006: Author, The Idea of Continental Philosophy, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press
  • 1998: On Being with Others: Heidegger-Derrida-Wittgenstein, London: Routledg

As editor

  • 2008: Derrida's Legacies: Literature and Philosophy, Abingdon: Routledge, (with Robert Eaglestone, includes essay as "Preface")
  • 2001: Arguing with Derrida, Oxford: Blackwell, (including essay: "Inheriting Philosophy: The Case of Austin and Derrida")
  • 1999: The Edinburgh Encyclopædia of Continental Philosophy, Edinburgh: EUP, (including introduction: "What is Continental Philosophy")

Published articles

‘Settled-there: Heidegger on the work of art as the cultivation of place’, Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology, Vol. 1 No. 1, pp 7–32, 2014.

‘The End of the World made with Men in Mind’, Journal of Historical Sociology, Vol. 26 No. 3, pp. 291–317, 2013.

‘#Philosophy #Europe’, Oxford Literary Review, Vol. 35, No. 1, review article of Rodolphe Gasché, Europe, or the Infinite Task: A Study in a Philosophical Concept, (Stanford, 2009), pp. 89–115, 2013.

'Three Cultures of Atheism: On Serious Doubts about the Existence of God’, The International Journal of Philosophy of Religion, Vol. 73. No. 1, pp. 3–19, 2013,

‘The Heading of a Problem: The Future of the Model of Two Models of Philosophy’, Southern Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 50, Issue 2, pp. 180–190, 2012.

‘Sentencing Derrida’, The Modern Law Review, Vol. 74, Issue 2, pp. 306–321, 2011.

‘Europe, for example’, Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, Vol. 11, No. 2, pp. 35–47, 2011

‘Japheth’s World: The Rise of Secularism and the Revival of Religion Today’, The European Legacy, Vol. 14, No 4, pp. 409–426, 2009.

‘Reply to Jack Reynolds’ Critical Notice of The Idea of Continental Philosophy’, International Journal of Philosophical Studies. Vol. 17, No. 2, pp. 273–280, 2009.

‘Europa, secolarizzazione e democrazia liberale’, Teoria, XXVIII, 2, pp. 99–115, (in Italian), 2009.

‘From European Philosophy to Philosophy of Europe’, Oxford Literary Review, Vol. 28, pp. 37–52, 2008.

'What is Phenomenology?’, Philosophy Compass, Vol. 3, No. 1, pp. 1–21, 2008.

‘Le plaisir de la lecture: Reading the Other Animal’, Parallax, No. 38, pp. 81–95, 2006.

‘Thinking about (going to) the university’, Critical Quarterly, Vol. 47, Nos. 1–2, pp. 111–117, 2005.

‘Communication and Writing: A Public Language Argument’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Vol. 100, pp. 271–286, 2000.

‘From Animal Life to City Life’, Angelaki, Vol. 5, No 3. pp. 19–30, 2000.

‘John McDowell on Experience: Open to the Sceptic?’, (with Max de Gaynesford), Metaphilosophy, pp. 20–33, 1998.

‘Perception and Hallucination’, Journal of the British Society of Phenomenology, Vol. 29, No. 3, pp. 314–318, 1998.

‘Analytical and Continental Philosophy’, Filosoficky Casopis, Vol. 44, pp. 257–276, (in Czech.), 1997.

‘Heidegger and the Question of Animality’, International Journal of Philosophical Studies, Vol. 4, No. 1 pp. 67–86, 1996.

Chapters in books

‘Cavell and Other Animals’, in Varieties of Skepticism: Essays after Kant, Wittgenstein and Cavell, eds. J. Conant, and R. Kern, Berlin: de Gruyter Verlag, 2014.

‘Derrida’s Europe: “Greek, Christian and Beyond”’, in Europe After Derrida, ed. B. Isyar, Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2014.

‘Wittgenstein and Heidegger and the “Face of Life” in Our Time’, in Wittgenstein and Heidegger, eds S. Reynolds, D. Egan, and A. Wendland, Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 34–49, 2013.

‘Unmasking the Tradition’, in The Philosophy of J.L. Austin, ed. M. Gustafson and R. Sørli, Oxford: OUP, pp. 32–50, 2011.

‘Argument All the Way Down: The Demanding Discipline of Non-Argumento-Centric Modes of Philosophy, in Postanalytic and Metacontinental: On the Futures of Philosophy?, eds. James Williams and Jack Reynolds, London: Continuum, 2010.

‘Merleau-Ponty and the Genius of Man’, in Reading Merleau-Ponty, ed. T. Baldwin, London: Routledge, 2007.

‘The Everydayness of Don Giovanni’, in Philosophy as Film, ed. R. Read and J. Goodenough, London: Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 94–113, 2005.

‘Language’ in Understanding Derrida, eds. J. Reynolds and J. Roffe, London: Continuum, pp. 5–13, 2004.

‘Philosophy as Nomadism’, ‘State of the Art’ contribution to What Philosophy Is, eds. H. Carel and D. Gamez, London: Continuum, pp. 155–167, 2004.

‘The End of Philosophy as Metaphysics’ in Cambridge History of Philosophy 1870–1945, ed. T. Baldwin, Cambridge University Press, pp. 563–575, 2004.

‘Continental Philosophy’ in Fundamentals of Philosophy, ed. J. Shand, London: Routledge, pp. 408–442, 2003.

‘Wittgenstein’s Apocalyptic Librarian’ in Wittgenstein and the Future of Philosophy: A Reassessment after 50 years, eds. R. Haller and K. Puhl, Vienna: öbv&hpt, pp. 71–80, 2002.

‘Heidegger’, in Routledge Companion to Aesthetics, eds. B. Gaut and D. Lopes, London: Routledge, pp. 107–118, 2001.

‘The Ethics of Exclusion’, in Questioning Ethics, eds. R. Kearney and M. Dooley, London: Routledge, pp. 120–131, 1999.


D. Guenoun, About Europe, Times Literary Supplement, 2014.

R. C. Solomon, Dark Feelings, Grim Thoughts: Experience and Reflection in Camus and Sartre (OUP), Mind, Vol. 117, No. 468, pp. 1135–1139, 2008.

B. Leiter and M. Rosen, The Oxford Handbook of Continental Philosophy, TLS, No. 5502, p. 23, 2008.

J. Powell, Jacques Derrida: A Biography, THES, 20 April 2007.

A. Tannesini, Wittgenstein: A Feminist Interpretation, G. Kitching, Wittgenstein and Society: Essays in Conceptual Puzzlement, Radical Philosophy, 130, pp. 36–40, 2005.

S. Wheeler, Deconstruction as Analytic Philosophy, Philosophical Books, Vol. 45, No. 1, pp. 51–3, 2004.

R.D. Cumming, Phenomenology and Deconstruction (4 Vols.), TLS. No. 5239, p. 7, 2003

Critical Notice of H. Phillipse, Heidegger’s Philosophy of Being, Ratio, Vol. XIV no. 3, pp. 281–288, 2001.

D. Moran, Introduction to Phenomenology, and R. Sokolowski, Introduction to Phenomenology, Mind, Vol.110, No. 438, pp. 516–523, 2001.

J. Derrida, The Monolingualism of the Other, and C. Howells, Derrida, TLS. No. 5092, p. 32, 2000. (Reprinted in The Hindu Times, Sunday 3 December 2000.)

J. McDowell, Mind and World, Radical Philosophy 73, pp. 40–1, 1996.

J. Derrida, Aporias, Radical Philosophy 69, pp. 46–7, 1995.

P. Fenves (ed.), Raising the Tone of Philosophy, TLS, No. 4712, p. 22, 1993.

D. Pears, The False Prison, Vol. II, Philosophical Books, Vol. 31, No. 3, pp. 156–8, 1990.

Impact publications

‘A United States of Europe’, eutopia article, 2014,

‘J.S. Mill on Europe’, LSE EUROPP blog, 2013 (

‘Jürgen Habermas on Europe’, LSE EUROPP blog, 2013,

‘European Philosophical Nationalities and the Politics of European Union’, (

‘European Integration and Kant’s Philosophical Triangle’, EUROPP blog, 2012 (

‘Beyond Atheism’, Think, Vol. 11, Issue 32, pp. 37–52, 2012.

‘Derrida and Europe Beyond Eurocentrism and Anti-Eurocentrism’, OUP Blog, 2012 (

‘Derrida and the Promise of Democracy’, OUP Blog, 2012 (

‘As Ever’, Essays in Honour of Alan Montefiore, London: FEP Publishers, 2011.

‘Europe, for example’, LSE ‘Europe in Question’ working paper series (

‘The-End-of-Communism Event’, The Philosophers Magazine, Issue 50, pp. 87–9, 2010.

‘Responding to the Challenges of Linguistic Diversity in Europe’, Languages in Europe: Theory, Policy Practice, 2010 (

‘Human Beings and (Other) Animals’, Naked Punch, Issue 5, pp. 76–87, 2005 (

‘The Excluded Favourite: reflections on the life and the death of Jacques Derrida’, The Philosophers Magazine, Issue 29, pp. 26–28, 2005.

‘A Different Difference: Humans and Animals’, The Philosophers Magazine, Issue 23, pp. 35–7, 2003.

‘The Analytic and the Continental’ interview in New British Philosophy: The Interviews, eds. J. Baggini and J. Strangroom, London: Routledge, pp. 200–215, 2002.

‘Making Something out of Nothing’, Nothing, eds. G. Gussin and E. Carpenter, London: August Media. pp. 286–7, 2001.

‘The Urban Nomad’ in Breathing Cities, ed. N. Barley, London: August Media, pp. 122–125, 2000.


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