Ian Fraser MA (Hons) Edinburgh, MA (York), PhD (Warwick)
Senior Lecturer in Politics
After completing an MA in Economics at Edinburgh University, I attained an MA in Political Philosophy at the University of York and then a doctorate on Hegel, Marx and the concept of need at the University of Warwick, where I also worked as a teaching assistant. I also taught at both Coventry and De Montfort University before gaining a position at Nottingham Trent University in 1997. I joined Loughborough University in 2010.
My research centres on the concept of the self and identity, aesthetics and politics, Marx and Marxism, the Hegelian-Marxist tradition, Charles Taylor, contemporary social and political philosophy, and the history of social and political thought.
My current research involves exploring the links between aesthetics and politics in radical and critical thought through my notion of the aesthetic self that challenges the status quo politically, economically and culturally and so offers considerations of what constitutes the good life. My new project, a development from examining the notion of the aesthetic self in the fiction of Milan Kundera, Ian McEwan, Michel Houellebecq and J.M. Coetzee, continues with this theme in my forthcoming book, Political Theory and Film. I examine a number of theorists of film as follows: Theodor Adorno: Charlie Chaplin’s Monsieur Verdoux; Walter Benjamin: Ken Loach’s Land and Freedom;Ernst Bloch: Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris;Gilles Deleuze: Kleber Mendonça Filho’s Neighbouring Sounds; Alain Badiou: Jia Zhangke’s A Touch of Sin; Jacques Rancière: Gavin Hood’s Rendition; Julia Kristeva: David Fincher’s Fight Club; Slavoj Žižek: JC Chandor's Margin Call.
Introduction to Academic Studies (Level 1)
Political Ideologies (Level 1)
Political Thought: Text and Analysis (Level 2)
Research Design (Level 2)
Art, Politics and Society (Level 3)
Identity, Politics and the Novel: The Aesthetic Moment
The Aesthetic Moment (Political Philosophy Now)
(Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2013).
Dialectics of the Self: Transcending Charles Taylor
Exeter UK & Charlottesville, USA, Imprint Academic 2007
Hegel and Marx: The Concept of Need
Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1998
Hegel ve Marks: Ihtiyac Kavrami
Turkish translation of Hegel and Marx: The Concept of Need (Ankara: Dost Kitabevi Yayinlari, 2008)
The Hegel-Marx Connection
A major and timely re-examination of key areas in the social and political thought of Hegel and Marx.
Edited by Tony Burns and Ian Fraser (Macmillan: Basingstoke & St Martin’s Press, New York, 2000)
- Political Theory and Film: From Adorno to Žižek (London: Rowman and Littlefield, forthcoming, 2016).
- Identity, Politics and the Novel: The Aesthetic Moment (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2013).
- The Marx Dictionary Continuum Philosophy Dictionary Series, Co-authored with Lawrence Wilde (London: Continuum, 2011).
- Hegel ve Marks: Ihtiyac Kavrami Turkish translation of Hegel and Marx: The Concept of Need (Ankara: Dost Kitabevi Yayinlari, 2008).
- Dialectics of the Self: Transcending Charles Taylor (Exeter UK & Charlottesville, USA, Imprint Academic 2007).
- Hegel and Marx: The Concept of Need (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1998).
- The Hegel-Marx Connection, Co-edited with T. Burns (Macmillan: Basingstoke & St Martin’s Press, New York, 2000).
- ‘Class Experience in McEwan’s Atonement’, Critique: Studies in Contemporary Fiction, forthcoming, 2013.
- ‘Distant Voices: Amartya Sen on Adam Smith’s Impartial Spectator’, Culture and Dialogue, forthcoming 2013.
- ‘Charles Taylor’s Catholicism’, Contemporary Political Theory, 4, 3, 2005.
- ‘Charles Taylor, Marx and Marxism’, Political Studies, Vol 51, 4, 2003.
- ‘Charles Taylor on Transcendence: Benjamin, Bloch and Beyond’, Philosophy & Social Criticism, Vol 29, 3, 2003.
- ‘Platonic Influences in the Thought of Marcuse’, Studies in Marxism, 7, 2000.
- ‘Bloch on Film as Utopia: Terence Davies’ Distant Voices, Still Lives’ in Ewa Mazierska and Lars Kristensen (eds.) Marx at the Movies: Revisiting History, Theory and Practice (Houndmills, Palgrave, 2014).
- ‘Affective Labour and Alienation in Up in the Air’ in Ewa Mazierska (ed.) Work in Cinema: Labour and the Human Condition (Houndmills, Palgrave, 2013).
- Encyclopedia of Modern Political Thought, Gregory Claeys (ed.) Washington, CQ Press, 2013. Entries on: Critical Theory; The Frankfurt School.