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Dr Yvonne Sherratt


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.