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Dr Yvonne Sherratt

Dr Yvonne Sherratt

Dr Yvonne Sherratt
BA (Cantab), MPhil (Cantab), PhD (Cantab), RSA/Cambridge TEFL

Senior Lecturer

Office 2.23n
University Road,
Clifton, Bristol BS8 1SS
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Yvonne Sherratt has an Undergraduate, Masters and Doctoral degree from 
Cambridge University.
She studied at Newnham College, Cambridge
becoming a postgraduate at King’s College,
Cambridge and then went on to
win a prize research fellowship at Corpus Christi College,
which she held for three years.
She has taught at a number of universities including Cambridge and 
New College, Oxford before coming to Bristol.  
She is the author of three book length monographs by international presses 
including Hitler’s Philosophers (Yale University Press, 2013),

Continental Philosophy of Social Science (Cambridge University Press, 2005)
and Adorno's Positive Dialectic (Cambridge University Press, 2002).
She has published widely in peer reviewed journals and also has an
interest in public dissemination of knowledge.
She contributes to the
BBC History Magazine, History Today, Times Higher Educational Supplement and
Times Literary Supplement and undertakes a
number of radio interviews and
public talks, most recently at the Southbank Centre in March as part of their
Berlin in the 20’s/30’s festival.



Yvonne Sherratt  teaches the Masters programmes, `Researching Society and Space'.

Yvonne Sherratt's teaching areas of expertise include:

History of European Ideas and the History of Political Thought.

From Plato, Aristotle, Renaissance, Enlightenment, Romanticism to the Twentieth Centruy. Special interests lie in the intellectual strand of Republican ideas from ancient to modern. Also in the figures of Kant, Rousseau, Hegel, Nietzsche, Freud, Gadamer, Frankfurt School. The idea of nature.


Ethics - all aspects.

Aesthetics - Longinus, Hume, Burke, Kant, Nietzsche etc. Theories of the sublime and the beautiful. An interest in aesthetics in relation to literature, fine art, classical music and nature.

Polititcal Philosophy - see below.


Post-Kantian philosophy.

Philosophy of Social Science

European – French and German hermeneutics, critical theory, genealogy, phenomenology, deconstructionism, postmodernism. Analytic -  Kuhn, relativism, sociology of science.

Social Theory

Marx, Weber, Durkheim, etc. Gender, Wollstonecraft, Simone de Beauvoir, Critical Theory. Walter Benjamin, Frankfurt School, Adorno, Freud and psychoanalysis, Foucault, Structuralism, Post-structuralism, Functionalism, Deconstructionism.  Derrida, Paul Ricoeur, Clifford Geertz. 

Political Theory

Plato, Aristotle, Machiavelli, Montesquieu, Rousseau, J. S. Mill, Kant, Hegel, German Romanticism, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Marx, Marxism, Post-Marxism, Habermas, Hannah Arendt, Gadamer. Feminist theory from Mary Wollstonecraft. Concepts - Authority, the State, Justice, Sovereignty, Rights, Power, Materialism, Idealism, Democracy etc.

Latin American politics, history, culture and the transmission and development of European ideas from the Independence struggles to the present day. 



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