Mr Timo Uotinen

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Personal profile

I have an MA (2008) from the University of Tampere, Finland, where I majored in English Philology (with a thesis Macbeth and the problem of evil) and with minors in Philosophy, History, and North American Studies. In 2009 I finished my MA in Modern European Philosophy at the CRMEP (then at Middlesex, now at Kingston University) with a thesis on Adorno's concept of nature. I am currently working my PhD thesis on Shakespearean tragedy and ethics supervised by Dr. Deana Rankin (and Dr. Eric Langley as my advisor). For my PhD project, I was awarded a College Research Grant and my project is funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation. I am also on the editorial board of Exegesis, the post-graduate journal based at Royal Holloway.

Research interests

My PhD project is entitled "Shakespearean Tragedy, The Concept of Nature, and The Hostility to Life". It focuses on murder and suicide in the tragedies as mediated by the concept of nature. This pluralistic concept has many aspects (scientific, medical, social, mercantile) which I examine in relation to the tragic characters who either, like Macbeth, make ethical relations (Life) hostile to themselves--by murder--or, like Timon of Athens, assault Life by suicide. My literary interests are inflected by my philosophical interests ranging from early modern philosophy, especially Bacon, via German idealism (Kant and Hegel) to modern critical theory (particularly Adorno).

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