Philosophical Studies

Staff Profile

Dr Stephen Overy

Teaching Fellow


I was appointed to a teaching fellowship in Newcastle in 2016, having been an undergraduate and postgraduate in the philosophy department here. I specialise in philosophy of the unconscious and desire, situating the work of a line of thinkers from Kant to Deleuze in relation to its implications for materialism. 

I am the participation coordinator for Philosophical Studies at Newcastle and host a number of events during the year both on campus and in local schools and colleges that seek to widen interest in the discipline. I am also our employability lead, working to ensure Philosophy students succeed in their chosen careers after graduation. I also lead our Student Mentor Team, and our Staff-Student Committee.


My research interests are in libidinal philosophies of drive and desire and their relation to materialism, considering a line of philosophers comprising Kant, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Freud, Lacan, Deleuze and Guattari, Lyotard and Nick Land. 

Much of my work has been in interdisciplinary collaborations between music and philosophy including: illustrations of the concept of desire in popular music (with Dr Kenneth Smith, Liverpool); cybernetics and electroacoustic composition (with Dr Kelcey Swain, Bristol); and the performance of philosophy and music (with Dr Eric Egan, Durham).