What sort of a philosopher am I? I consider the history of philosophy to be essential to contemporary philosophical inquiry, which might, for some, mark me out as a 'continental' philosopher. But now it makes less sense than ever to talk about an 'analytic'/'continental' divide in contemporary philosophy; 'analytic' philosophy can hardly claim any longer to be a unified school of philosophy, and 'continental' philosophy was an Anglosaxon construct in the first place ...
When I'm not working or playing with Lego, I like looking at and reading about art and architecture, playing five-a-side ...
To change minds, my own included.
Philosophy is probably never easy, but the basic issues are not complex.
Instead of 'research-led teaching' the ideal is really teaching-led research: discovery through teaching is the mark of having really taught.
I have degrees in Philosophy from MMU, the University of Warwick and Paris IV (Sorbonne), and I also have a Graduate Diploma in Law.
I was a Tutor in Philosophy for two years at The University of York betwen 2004-2006 and have worked at MMU since finishing my PhD in 2003. I became Research Fellow in Philosophy in 2006, and Senior Lecturer in 2009.
Examinations Officer, BA Philosophy
Erasmus and International Exchange Officer
German: C1 Zertifikat (Zentralemittelstufenpruefung), Berlin 2009
Mind, Reason and Reality (Year 1, Term 1)
Metaphysics (Year 2, Term 2)
Aesthetics and the Philosophy of Art (Year 3)
Philosophies of Habit (MA)
Director of Studies:
Matt Barnard: Heidegger on Freedom
Mark Hallihan: Embodiment in Butler and Bergson
Maxime Lallement: Foucault and the Clinic
University of Liverpool, External Examiner MA Programmes
University of Wales, Trinity Saint David, MPhil, Tom Bush, 'Heidegger and the Question Concerning Technology' (2010)
I am currently working on the idea of tendency/inclination/propensity (what is it to tend to do something, to be inclined to do it?) as a specific issue within the metaphysics of powers and the philosophy of mind, and this against the background of the history of philosophy. As a part of this project, I am currently finishing a monograph concerning the 19th-century French philosopher Félix Ravaisson (Being Inclined: the Philosophy of Félix Ravaisson). After that I'm contracted to write a book on Ravaisson's star student, Henri Bergson, for the Routledge Philosophers series. I have a range of interests in the history of philosophy, but I am keen to supervise work in most aspects of post-Kantian European philosophy.
I have a long-standing interest in the philosophy of art, which I teach at Level 6 (Year 3), and my book on Ravaisson will contain a chapter on his aesthetics. I'm also due to write a chapter on Bergson's Philosophy of Art for a Cambridge University Press collection.
. M. Sinclair (ed.) (2017). The Actual and the Possible: Modality and Metaphysics in Modern Philosophy. Oxford University Press.
. Martin Heidegger (2016). Martin Heidegger, Nietzsche's Second Untimely Meditation. M. Sinclair, U. Haase. Indiana University Press.
. Félix Ravaisson (2016). Félix Ravaisson: Selected Essays. London: Bloomsbury.
. C. Carlisle and M. Sinclair (2011). Habit: Special Edition of the Journal of the British Society of Phenomenology.
. Félix Ravaisson (2008). Félix Ravaisson, Of Habit. London: Continuum.
M. Sinclair (2007). Heidegger, Aristotle and the Work of Art. Palgrave Macmillan.
. Jean Beaufret (2006). Jean Beaufret, Dialogue with Heidegger: Greek Philosophy.
M. Sinclair (2016). Bergson’s philosophy of will and the war of 1914-1918. Journal of the History of Ideas. 77(3), pp.467-487.
M. Sinclair (2015). Is there a "Dispositional Modality"? Maine de Biran and Ravaisson on Agency and Inclination. History of Philosophy Quarterly. 32(2), pp.161-179.
M. Sinclair (2014). Bergson on Possibility and Novelty. Archiv fuer Geschichte der Philosophie. 96(1), pp.104-125.
M. Sinclair (2014). Inheritance, originality and the will: Bergson and heidegger on creation. International Journal of Philosophical Studies. 22(5), pp.655-675.
M. Sinclair (2013). Heidegger, von Humboldt and the Idea of the University. Intellectual History Review. 23(4), pp.499-515.
M. Sinclair (2011). Is Habit ‘The Fossilised Residue of a Spiritual Activity’? Ravaisson, Bergson, Merleau-Ponty. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology. 42(1), pp.33-52.
M. Sinclair (2011). Ravaisson and the Force of Habit. Journal of the History of Philosophy. 49(1), pp.65-85.
M. Sinclair (2010). Note sur le problème du génie dans 'L’origine de l’œuvre d’art'. Klesis: Revue Philosophique. 15, pp.40-53.
M. Sinclair (2008). L'outil et la métaphsique: l'ustensilité chez Heidegger. Revue Philosophique de la France et de l'Etranger. 133(4), pp.423-+.
M. Sinclair (2006). La science et la philosophie dans Etre et Temps. Noésis.
M. Sinclair (2005). On Heidegger's account of equipment in Being and Time as metaphysics in its repetition. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology. 36(3), pp.237-257.
M. Sinclair (2016). Possibilité et rétroactivité chez Bergson. In: Le Possible et l’impossible: Actes du 35ème Congrès International de l’ASPLF. Paris: Vrin, pp.295-295.
M. Sinclair (2016). Heidegger on 'Possibility'. In: The Actual and the Possible: Modality and Metaphysics in Modern Philosophy. Oxford University Press,
UM. Haase, M. Sinclair (2015). History and the Meaning of Life. In: Heidegger in the Twenty-First Century. Springer,
M. Sinclair (2013). Heidegger, l'enseignement et la recherche. In: Qu’appelle-t-on un séminaire ? La pédagogie heideggérienne. Zeta,
M. Sinclair (2011). Embodiment: Conceptions of the Lived Body from Maine de Biran to Bergson. In: The Edinburgh Critical History of Nineteenth-Century Philosophy. pp.187-203.
M. Sinclair (2011). Heidegger on the Freedom in Technology: Coming to Terms with Nihilism. In: The Movement of Nihilism: Heidegger's Thinking after Nietzsche. London: Continuum,
M. Sinclair (2010). Heidegger; Husserl; Phenomenology. In: Continuum Companion to Continental Philosophy, ed. B. Lord and J. Mullarkey.
2016 'Ravaisson: the "French Schelling"?', French Idealism in the 19th Century, University of Liverpool
2016 'Habit and Temporality: Bergson after Lemoine and Ravaisson', Bergson Symposium, Maison Française d'Oxford and Oxford Philosophy Faculty
2016 'The Phenomenology of Creativity: Some Historical and Philosophical Remarks', University of York
2015 'The Metaphysics of Agency: Maine de Biran after Hume', Université de Liege,
2013 ‘Inclination and the Modality of Dispositions’, Corpus Christi College, Oxford (Power Structuralism in Ancient Ontologies project seminar)
2013 ‘Habit and the Modality of Dispositions’, University of Essex
2011 ‘Heidegger, l’enseignement et la recherche’, within a series entitled Qu’appelle-t-on un séminaire ? Heidegger et la pédagogie, Collège International de Philosophie, Paris
2011 ‘Being Inclined: Ravaisson and Phenomenology’, Annual Conference of the British Society for Phenomenology: Habit and Second Nature, St. Hilda’s College, University of Oxford
2009 ‘Ravaisson and the Philosophy of Habit’, University of Liverpool
Member of the British Society for the History of Philosophy (Management Committee), the British Society for Phenomenology and British Philosophical Association