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Emma Syea


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Biographical details

I read Modern and Medieval Languages (French and German), and Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. I took my MA in the History of Philosophy and my PhD in Philosophy at King's, under the supervision of Professor Michael Silk and Dr Sacha Golob. My thesis examined Nietzsche's model of the self, with a specific focus on the psychological mechanisms involved in regulating a self, namely active forgetting, memory, and self-deception, and how these may underpin first-person subjectivity, personal identity, and practical reason. 

My research interests centre around the metaphysics of the self, in particular how the operations of memory, emotions, imagination, and deviant cognitions like self-deceptions and confabulations play a role in the constitution of the self and subjectivity. 

In 2018, I became an adjunct faculty member in Philosophy at Florida State University where I teach an introductory Philosophy module at their London campus.

In 2017, I became an associate lecturer at the University of Roehampton, where I am responsible for the following modules:

HSA020N249S Indian Philosophy (second year undergraduate)

HSA020C142S Logic and Language (first year undergraduate)

In 2015 I became a graduate supervisor at the University of Cambridge where I provide supervisions for paper 4 'European Philosophy from Kant' in part II of the Tripos.

From 2014-2018 I was a graduate teaching assistant at King's on the following modules:

4AAYCL05 ‘The Writer in the Text'

4AACAP01 'Introduction to Ancient Philosophy'

4AANB007 'Epistemology'

4AANA002 'Ethics I'

6AANA034 'Aesthetics'

6AANA032 '19th Century Continental Philosophy'

6AANB046 '20th Century Continental Philosophy' 


Research interests (short)

19th Century Continental Philosophy (esp. Nietzsche), Philosophy of Mind, Epistemology 

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, History of Philosophy. 'The Role of Agon in Nietzsche's Early and Later Writings', King's College London

Award Date: 1 Jan 2013

Bachelor of Arts, Modern and Medieval Languages (French and German) parts IA and IB, Philosophy parts IB and II, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Jan 2012

External positions

Adjunct Faculty Member in Philosophy, Florida State University

6 Jul 20182 Aug 2018

Associate Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Roehampton

1 Sept 20171 Sept 2018

Graduate Supervisor in Philosophy, University of Cambridge

1 Sept 2016 → …