Mr Alexandre Leskanich

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Personal profile


Thesis title: Retrospective Redundancy: The Anthropocene and the Sense of History.

Examiners: Professor Nikolaj Lubecker (Oxford) and Dr Daniel Whistler (London).

Copy-Editor for the interdisciplinary philosophy journal Evental Aesthetics

Educational background

MSc Political Theory, The London School of Economics and Political Science, 2015.

MSc Philosophy, University of Edinburgh, 2014.

MA History, University of Leicester, 2012.

BA History, University of Leicester, 2010.

Research interests

My interests for the purpose of this thesis (examined and passed in December 2019) centred on the 'Anthropocene' discourse (that is, the claim that the human species merits, through its dominant capacity to engineer the planet to suit its purposes, its very own 'epoch'), particularly its implications for human self-comprehension. I continue to maintain a particular fascination with the consequences of historical consciousness and in the experiential texture of historicized life in the grip of climatic crisis.

My other academic interests include the philosophy and theory of history, the philosophy of language, the 18th century Enlightenment, intellectual history, moral philosophy, epistemology, political and critical theory, and the philosophy of literature. I am especially interested in the problems involving concepts such as sense, truth, identity, and understanding.


Publications (links below):

My work can also be found here.

Book (in progress): The Anthropocene and the Sense of History: Reflections from Precarious Life (under contract with Routledge). 

Article (in progress): ''The mind at the end of its tether': History and Melancholy in the Anthropocene'.

Book Review (forthcoming): Justin Tosi & Brandon Warmke, Grandstanding: The Use and Abuse of Moral Talk. Oxford Review of Books.

Book Review (forthcoming): Barbara H. Rosenwein, Anger: The Conflicted History of an Emotion. Review 31.

Essay (forthcoming): 'The Poverty of Historical Precedent'. The Philosopher.

Book Review: Scott Soames, The World Philosophy Made. 'Meaning in the Face of Death'. The Times Literary Supplement, No. 6107 (2020), p. 33.

Book Review (forthcoming): Duncan Kelly, Politics and the Anthropocene. The Political Quarterly.

Book Chapter: ''The metamorphosis of the world into man': The Anthropocene and the Historical Administration of Human Identity', in Susie Cronin, Sofia Hewson, and Cillian O Fathaigh (eds.) #NousSommes: Collectivity and the Digital in French Thought and Culture (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2019), pp. 55-74.

Book Review: Anna Clark & Carla L. Peck (eds.), Contemplating Historical Consciousness: Notes from the Field. Journal of Contemporary History, Vol. 55, No. 2 (2020), pp. 468-470.

Book Review: Ethan Kleinberg, Haunting History: For a Deconstructive Approach to the Past, and Alex Rosenberg, How History Gets Things Wrong: The Neuroscience of Our Addiction to Stories. The English Historical Review (published in advance of issue May 2020).

Essay: 'Living in the Aftermath'. Anthroposphere: The Oxford Climate Review, Issue V (2019), pp. 27-30.

Review Essay: Steven G. Smith, Full History: On the Meaningfulness of Shared Action. Dejiny - Teorie - Kritika (History - Theory - Criticism), Vol. 15, No. 1 (2019), pp. 111-118.

Book Review: Quassim Cassam, Vices of the Mind: From the Intellectual to the Political. 'The Solitary Flame of Vanity', (2019). Review 31.

Book Review: Shoshana Zuboff, The Age of Surveillance Capitalism, and Martin Moore, Democracy Hacked. 'A Zucking Nightmare', Oxford Review of Books, Vol. 3, Issue 3 (2019), pp. 4-6.

Book Review: Dmitri Nikulin, 'The Concept of History'. Philosophy in Review, Vol. 39, No. 2 (2019), pp. 86-88.

Book Review: Dmitri Nikulin, 'The Concept of History'. European Review of History: Revue européenne d'histoire, Vol. 26, No. 5 (2019), pp. 909-911.

Film Review: Alfonso Cuarón, Roma. 'The Sound of Sloshing', (2019). The Oxonian Review.

Conversation: 'In History's Wake: A Dialogue with Martin L. Davies'. Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice, Vol. 22, No. 4 (2018), pp. 558-580.

Book Review: Martin L. Davies, 'How History Works: The Reconstitution of a Human Science'. Journal of the Philosophy of History, Vol. 14, No. 1 (2020), pp. 134-138.

Book Review: Steven G. Smith, 'Full History: On the Meaningfulness of Shared Action', Critical Inquiry, Vol. 46, No. 1 (2019), pp. 248-249.

Book Review: John Gray, Seven Types of Atheism. 'To the angels and the sparrows', (2018). Public Seminar.

Book Review: Franco Berardi, Futurability: The Age of Impotence and the Horizon of Possibility. 'Immanent - though sadly not imminent', (2018). Review 31.

Book Review: Joe Earle et al. The Econocracy: The Perils of Leaving Economics to the Experts. 'Masters of Illusion', (2018). 3:AM Magazine.

Review Article: 'History Doesn't Work: Reflections on Martin L. Davies' Critique of Historicized Life'. Rethinking History: The Journal of Theory and Practice, Vol. 22, No. 1 (2018), pp. 126-36.

Book Review: Yuval Noah Harari, Homo Deus: A Brief History of Tomorrow. 'Propheteering', (2017). The Oxonian Review, Issue 35.4.

Book Review: Douglas Spencer, 'The Architecture of Neoliberalism', (2017). The Hong Kong Review of Books.

Book Review: Bruno Latour, 'Facing Gaia: Eight Lectures on the New Climatic Regime', (2017). The LSE Review of Books.

Book Review: Amitav Ghosh, 'The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable', (2017). The LSE Review of Books.

Book Review: Martin L. Davies, 'How History Works: The Reconstitution of a Human Science', (2017). The Hong Kong Review of Books.

Essay: 'The Poverty of Historical Identity', (2015). The Houghton Street Review.



ML2207 Critical and Comparative Approaches (lectures on feminism and feminist theory).


Research Activities:

Seminar Paper (invited speaker): The Climate of Historicization: Remarks on the Sense of History in the Anthropocene. Philosophy of History Seminar Series. Institute of Historical Research, School of Advanced Studies, University of London, October 25th 2018.

Colloquium Paper: The Anthropocene and the Crisis of Historical Comprehension. School of Modern Languages, Literatures and Cultures Postgraduate Colloquium. Royal Holloway, University of London, June 11th 2018.

Conference Paper: The Technology of History and the Grammar of the Anthropocene. 20th Conference of the Society for Philosophy and Technology. Technische Universitat Darmstadt, Germany, June 14th - 17th 2017.

Colloquium Paper: History and the Anthropocene: Changing Dynamics of Technological Incarceration. School of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures Postgraduate Colloquium. Royal Holloway, University of London, June 12th 2017.

Conference Paper: The Anthropocene and the Historical Administration of Human Identity. Cambridge French Graduate Conference. Pembroke College, Cambridge, May 5th - 6th 2017.

Seminar Paper: Orientation, Identity, and the Tautology of the Anthropocene. Institute of Modern Languages Research Graduate Forum. IMLR, Senate House, London, April 20th 2017.

Conference Paper: Temporality, History, and the Carceral of the Anthropocene. Temporality and Spatiality Conference. London, October 22nd 2016.




Centre for Philosophical Studies of History, University of Oulu

Institute of Historical Research

International Network for Theory of History

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