Beth Cykowski

Stipendiary Lecturer in Philosophy
BA Philosophy (Exeter) MA Continental Philosophy (Warwick) DPhil Philosophy (Oxford)

My area of specialisation is post-Kantian European philosophy, particularly Heidegger and the phenomenological tradition. I completed my DPhil at St Anne’s College in 2015 under the supervision of Prof Stephen Mulhall. Since then I have taught at the University of Exeter and worked as a Departmental Lecturer in Post-Kantian Philosophy here in Oxford before coming to New College.


I teach post-Kantian philosophy (Hegel, Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Heidegger and Sartre), ethics and early modern philosophy.


My DPhil research examined Heidegger’s engagement with biology and anthropology, with a particular focus on his conception of the distinction between humans and nonhuman animals. I am currently completing a monograph (titled Between the Human and The Animal: Heidegger’s Metaphysical Abyss) that is based on this research. I also work on the philosophy of psychiatry, focussing on the manner in which philosophical and anthropological conceptions of the human-nonhuman animal distinction challenge our understanding of psychopathology and prevailing models of psychiatric diagnosis.