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James Pearson


Dr. J.S. Pearson
+31 71 527 2166

James Pearson is a Lecturer at the Institute for Philosophy.

More information about James Pearson

I teach aesthetics, the history of philosophy and political philosophy. I wrote my PhD at Leiden University after completing my MA at the University of Warwick. During my PhD, I also spent six months at the University of Oxford. My current research is in the philosophy  of creativity. I am particularly interested in how we value the products of creative agency. In order to address this issue, I draw on findings in empirical psychology, the philosophy of psychology and the philosophy of art. I also specialise in post-Kantian German philosophy, having written my doctoral dissertation on the definition and value of conflict in Nietzsche‚Äôs writings. In addition to this, I have performed research into the application of Wittgenstein to problems in contemporary democratic theory.


  • Faculty of Humanities
  • Instituut voor Wijsbegeerte

Work address

Reuvensplaats 3-4
2311 BE Leiden
Room number 1.20



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