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Andrew Hines, BA, MA

PhD Student

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Research interests : Kant, Nietzsche and nineteenth and twentieth century French and German philosophies of metaphor and their relationship to literary theory. Greek and Roman definitions of metaphor, cognitive linguistics and current debates in continental philosophy.

Andrew Hines studied at both the University of Oregon and the University of Tuebingen, obtaining a BA in Philosophy. He also holds a MA in Philosophy from University College Dublin and is currently a PhD candidate under the supervision of Dr Angus Nicholls in the department of Comparative Literature at Queen Mary, University of London. The focus of my thesis is the identification of a shift in Western philosophy, beginning with Nietzsche, where metaphor moves away from being considered as an aesthetic function of language and begins to be viewed as an anthropological and metaphysical function of language. Aristotle consistently defines metaphor in two ways: 1. The transfer of words from one domain to another and 2. The perception of likeness between things. My particular interest is in how the second part of his definition, the perception of likeness, is affected by Nietzsche's thought in twentieth century continental philosophy and how this affects literary theory. My areas of specialisation include nineteenth and twentieth century French and German philosophies of metaphor, particularly in the writings of Nietzsche, Blumenberg, Ricoeur and Derrida. I have presented papers on Blumenberg, Ricoeur, Heidegger and Kierkegaard, and have organized conferences in the fields of philosophy and literature. I recently finished a year-long term as the managing editor of the academic journalism project Figure/Ground Communication. Outside of my research, I work as a tutor and participate in Queen Mary's writing for the media program with a particular focus on arts and culture. I'm quite keen on detective fiction and can be found climbing mountains and being quite amateur with photography.

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