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Henry Somers-Hall

henry somers-hallLecturer in Philosophy

Email: Henry.Somers-Hall@rhul.ac.uk

Room: FW136

Telephone: +44 (0)1784 276382


Educational Background

BA (Hons) Philosophy, Warwick University

MA in Continental Philosophy, Warwick University

Graduate Research, University of Heidelberg, under supervision of Prof. Jens Halfwassen

PhD Philosophy, Warwick University


Previous Appointments

Before coming to Royal Holloway I was a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Manchester Metropolitan University (2009-2012). 


Research Interests

The central questions driving my research are about how thought is able to correspond to, or be disclosive of, the world. The focus of my research to date has been the philosophies of Kant, Hegel and Deleuze and their different attempts to provide an account of the grounds of judgement. In pursuing this project, I see Deleuze as very much a part of the post-Kantian tradition, in attempting to replace Kant's philosophy of transcendental conditions with a fully genetic transcendental account. I also have a strong interest in the phenomenological movement, in particular, Merleau-Ponty's own later philosophy of difference and the work of Sartre.



  • Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, forthcoming April 2013)
  • Hegel, Deleuze and the Critique of Representation: Dialectics of Negation and Difference (Albany: SUNY Press, forthcoming in April 2012)

Journal Articles and Book Chapters

  • ‘Deleuze’s Use of Kant’s Argument from Incongruent Counterparts,’ forthcoming in the Southern Journal of Philosophy
  • ‘Deleuze’s Philosophical Heritage,’ forthcoming in the Cambridge Companion to Deleuze, eds., D. W. Smith and H. Somers-Hall (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)
  • ‘Introduction: Reading Gilles Deleuze,’ forthcoming in the Cambridge Companion to Deleuze, eds., D. W. Smith and H. Somers-Hall (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012)
  • ‘The Logic of the Rhizome in the Work of Hegel and Deleuze,’ forthcoming in Hegel and Deleuze, eds. J. Vernon and K. Houle (Evanston, Illinois: Northwestern University Press, 2012)
  • 'Throne of Blood and the Metaphysics of Tragedy,’ forthcoming in Film-Philosophy, 15.4 (2012)
  • ‘Time Out of Joint: Hamlet and the Pure Form of Time,’ in Deleuze Studies, 5.4 (2011): 56-76
  • ‘Hegel and Deleuze on the Metaphysical Interpretation of the Calculus,’ in Continental Philosophy Review, 42:4 (2010): 555-572
  • ‘Transcendental Illusion and Antinomy in Kant and Deleuze,’ in Thinking Between Deleuze and Kant, ed. E. Willatt & M. Lee (UK: Continuum Press, 2009): 128-150
  • ‘Deleuze and Merleau-Ponty: Aesthetics of Difference,’ in Gilles Deleuze: The Intensive Reduction, ed. C. V. Boundas (UK: Continuum Press, 2009): 123-130
  • ‘Analytic and Transcendental Empiricism – Russell, Merleau-Ponty and Deleuze,’ in Philosophy Today, DePaul University, 51:4 (2007): 393-400
  • ‘The Politics of Creation: Peter Hallward and The Philosophy of Creation,’ in Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy, Volume 18 (2007): 221-236
  • ‘Sartre and the Virtual,’ in Philosophy Today, DePaul University, 50:5 (2006): 126-132
  • ‘Deleuze and Merleau-Ponty: Aesthetics of Difference,’ in Symposium, the Canadian Journal of Continental Philosophy, 10/1 (2006): 213-222

Edited Volumes

  • The Cambridge Companion to Deleuze (with Daniel Smith), forthcoming with CUP, 2012
  • Actual-Virtual, #12 (guest editor with Felicity Colman), 2011
  • Warwick Journal of Philosophy, Volume 18: Superior Empiricism (with Siobhan Mckeown), 2007


  • Dosse, F., ‘Deleuze and Structuralism,’ forthcoming in The Cambridge Companion to Deleuze, eds., Smith, D. W. and Somers-Hall, H. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2012) (trans. from French with Daniel Smith), 9,500 words
  • Maimon, S., Essay on Transcendental Philosophy, trans. from German by Midgley, N., Somers-Hall, H., Welchman, A. and Reglitz, M. (Cambridge: Continuum Press, 2010), 352 pp.
  • Maimon, S., ‘A Short Overview of the Whole Work; On the Categories; Antinomies. Ideas’ in Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy, Volume 19 (2008):127-165 (trans. from German with Merten Reglitz)

Book Reviews, Shorter Pieces & Miscellanea

  • Review of Lambert, G., Who’s Afraid of Deleuze and Guattari? (London: Continuum Press, 2006), forthcoming in French Studies
  • ‘Deleuze, Hegel, and t he Rhizomatic Model of Thought,’ in Actual Virtual, #11 (online video presentation)
  • ‘The Concept of Ruin: Sartre and the Existential City ,’ in Urbis Research Forum Review, 1:3 (2010): 17-20
  • Review of O’ Sullivan, S. and Zepke, S. (eds.), Deleuze, Guattari and the Production of the New (London: Continuum Press, 2008), in Philosophy in Review, April 2010: 124-26

Conference Papers & Presentations

  • ‘Introduction to John Cassavetes’ A Woman Under the Influence,’ presented at Trauma Film Screenings, MMU, 11/2011
  • Hamlet and the Time of Action,’ presented at the ‘Time and Agency’ conference, George Washington University, 11/2011
  • ‘Time Out of Joint: Hamlet and the Metaphysics of Time,’ presented at the Annual Conference of The Society for European Philosophy & The Forum for European Philosophy, 09/2011
  • ‘Incongruent Counterparts and Internal Difference,’ presented at the 4th International Deleuze Studies Conference, Copenhagen Business School, 06/2011
  • ‘Hölderlin and the Concept of Difference,’ presented at the Deleuze Studies conference, Amsterdam School for Cultural Analysis, 07/2010
  • ‘Deleuze, Hegel and the Inverted World,’ presented at the Possible Virtual Actual Workshop, University of Liverpool, 06/2010 (invited speaker)
  • ‘Deleuze, Hegel, and the Rhizomatic Model of Thought’ presented at the Human Sciences Seminar, Manchester Metropolitan University, 02/2010 (invited speaker)
  • ‘The Idea of Ruin,’ presented at Landscape in Ruins: A Roundtable Discussion, Urbis, Manchester, 02/2010 (invited speaker)
  • ‘Hegel’s Theory of the Rhizome,’ presented at the Society for European Philosophy and Forum for European Philosophy, 5th Annual Joint Conference, Cardiff University, 08/2009
  • ‘Hegel’s Theory of the Rhizome,’ presented at the 2nd International Deleuze Studies Conference, University of Cologne, Germany, 08/2009
  • ‘Transcendental Illusion & Antinomy in Kant and Deleuze,’ presented at the Colloquium in European Philosophy, University of Warwick, 10/2008 (invited speaker)
  • ‘Deleuze, Transcendental Philosophy and the Calculus,’ presented at the 47th Annual SPEP Meeting, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA, 10/2008
  • ‘Antinomical Thinking in Kant and Deleuze,’ presented at the 4th Annual Joint SEP-FEP Conference, UCD, Dublin, 08/2008
  • ‘The Role of Transcendental Illusion in Deleuze’s Difference and Repetition,’ presented at the 1st International Deleuze Studies Conference, Cardiff University, 08/2008
  • ‘Hallward, Asceticism, and the Return to Bergson,’ presented at the What is Philosophy after Deleuze? postgraduate conference, University of Dundee, 04/2008
  • ‘Sartre, Deleuze, & the Development of Anti-Hegelianism,’ presented at the 9th Annual Comparative Literature Conference, University of South Carolina, USA, 04/2007
  • ‘Representation & Recognition in Hegel, Sartre & Deleuze,’ presented at the 10th International Graduate Conference in Philosophy, University of Essex, 04/2007
  • ‘On Two Forms of Superior Empiricism: Russell and Merleau-Ponty,’ presented at the Continental Empiricism graduate conference, University of Warwick, 03/2006
  • ‘Sartre and the Virtual,’ presented at the 44th Annual SPEP Meeting, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA, 10/2005
  • ‘Deleuze and Merleau-Ponty: Aesthetics of Difference,’ presented at the 29th Annual Meeting of the International Merleau-Ponty Circle, Allentown, Pennsylvania, 09/2004
  • ‘Deleuze and Merleau-Ponty: Aesthetics of Difference,’ presented at the Experimenting with Intensities conference, Trent University, Peterborough, Canada, 05/2004

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