Philosophy

Staff Profile

Dr Adam Potts

Lecturer in Philosophy and Degree Programme Director

Background

Adam Potts is an interdisciplinary researcher and lecturer who specialises in the philosophy of Maurice Blanchot, aesthetics, sound studies and the philosophy of music. He achieved his BA, MA and PhD at Newcastle University. 

 

He joined the Philosophy department full time in 2015 and has taught modules on existentialism, phenomenology and contemporary aesthetics. He is also the module leader for a Faculty-wide postgraduate module called An Introduction to the Nature of Explanation and Enquiry. This module addresses epistemological issues in the natural and social sciences through the use of technology enhanced learning and blended delivery. 

 

Roles and Responsibilities

Lecturer

Degree Programme Director of Philosophical Studies 

Chair of Board of Examiners 

Qualifications

PhD, MA, BA Hons (Newcastle)

Research

Adam Potts' major research interests are the philosophy of Maurice Blanchot, aesthetics, sound studies and the philosophy of music. He has published on a range of topics including noise, listening, issues related to the practice of writing about sound and Blanchot's philosophy in relation to sound and music. He is the sole editor of 'Sounds of Disaster: Sonic Encounters with Blanchot’ (recently published as a book called Sonic Encounters with Blanchot); this is an edited collection of essays that explores the latent and explicit sonic content of Blanchot’s writing, his treatment of music and the possibilities of thinking about contemporary music and sound art through his work. Currently, Adam is working on broader issues related to creative practice, modernism and philosophies of hope. 

Teaching

PHI1005 - Existentialism and the Self (Module Leader)

PHI2005 - Consciousness, Art and Technology (Module Leader)

HSS8007 - An Introduction to the Nature of Explanation and Enquiry (HaSS postgraduate module) (Module Leader)

MUS3076 - Music and Philosophy (Lecturer) 

PHI1004; PHI2004; PHI3004 - Project Modules (Project Tutor)

Publications