Paul Deb

Paul Deb

Research Associate
PhD Warwick

I was introduced to philosophy by my piano teacher, whose interests in Marxism and the debunking of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims gave me an early appreciation for the power of the critical use of reason. After studying post-Kantian European philosophy at the University of Essex, growing interests in Hinduism and the work of Stanley Cavell, took me from a Commonwealth Scholarship at Jadavpur University in India, then to SOAS, and finally to the University of Warwick where I completed a PhD on Emersonian moral perfectionism funded by the British Academy. Before joining New College, I taught at the University of Cambridge, the University of East Anglia, and Oxford Brookes University.


I teach first year Moral Philosophy, and the FHS papers in Ethics, Aesthetics, and Post-Kantian Philosophy.

Research Interests

My primary research interests are in the work of Stanley Cavell, ethics, phenomenology and existentialism, and the philosophies of film, literature and religion. 

Selected Publications

‘‘I Saw a Different Life. I Can't Stop Seeing It’: Perfectionist Visions in Revolutionary Road’, Film-Philosophy, Vol 25(3), Oct 2021, pp.251-271.
‘A Chariot Between Two Armies: A Perfectionist Reading of the Bhagavadgītā’, Philosophy East and West, Vol 71(4), Oct 2021, pp. 851-871.
‘‘Did This Really Happen?’: Amit Chaudhuri’s Acknowledgement of the Autobiographical’, Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics, Vol 44 (4), Winter 2021, pp. 194-203.

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