Dr Mario Von Der Ruhr

Dr Mario Von Der Ruhr
Senior Lecturer
Political and Cultural Studies
Telephone: (01792) 602376

From 1981-1984, he read Philosophy and Theology at King's College London, graduating with a B.A. Honours degree and A.K.C. (Associate of King's College) in 1984. In the following year (1984-1985), he studied Philosophy, Sociology and Educational Science at the Universities of Bielefeld and Berlin (Germany). In 1985, he embarked on an M.Phil. research programme in Contemporary Moral Theory and Political Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews. In 1987, he returned to the Free University of Berlin for further studies of Philosophy, Sociology, and Educational Theory. In the summer of 1988, he transferred to the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (USA), for a Ph.D.in Philosophy and, in 1992, was appointed Lecturer in Philosophy at Swansea. He joined the Department of Political and Cultural Studies in the autumn of 2009.

Publications

  1. “Transcending the World: Wittgenstein, God, and the Usayable". In (pp. 1London/Berlin/New York: Springer.
  2. (2012). THE AMERICAN CATHOLIC PHILOSOPHICAL QUARTERLY Vol. 85, No.4, Special Wittgenstein Issue. (American Catholic Philosophical Quarterly No. 85). Charlottesville (USA): Philosophy Documentation Center.
  3. "Christianity and the Errors of our Time: Simone Weil on Atheism and Idolatry". In Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement Vol. 68. (pp. 203-227). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  4. “Lucky Pagans and Unfortunate Believers: Wittgensteinian Construals of Religious Faith”. In (pp. 1Krakow: Libron.
  5. The Divided Self: Wittgenstein, Kafka, Kaufman and Human Nature". In (pp. 66-89). Lexington, Kentucky (USA): University Press of Kentucky.

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Teaching

  • CLC206 Reading Classical Civilisation

    An introduction to some central themes and approaches in the study of Classical Civilisation.

  • HUC101 Introduction to Ancient Philosophy and Rhetoric

    An introduction to philosophical argument in the dialogue form.

  • HUP101 Ethics, Justice, and Society

    The first part of the course explores the nature and source of ethical responsibility in Plato, Aristotle, Mill, and Kant. The second part of the module examines the source and limitations of political authority as proposed by such thinkers as Hobbes, Locke, Marx, and Mill. Here, the focus is on differing concepts of individual rights and government authority.

  • HUP201 Fundamental Issues in Moral and Political Philosophy

    In this module, we shall examine some fundamental issues in moral and political philosophy, including the nature of ethics, the scope and limits of moral reasoning, the relation between meta-ethical reflection and common-sense morality, the applicability of moral theory to practical life, the nature of justice, the foundation of rights, justifications for coercive paternalism, and the relation between politics and religion.

  • HUP301 Religion, Science, and Superstition

    The module explores traditional and contemporary responses to religious belief and practice and involves a closer examination of the standard accounts and criticisms of religion, including the New Atheism of writers like Dawkins, Dennett, and Hitchens, as well as an assessment of the philosophical defences of religious belief. Topics to be discussed include magic and superstition, the epistemology of belief, miracles and religious experience, morality and religion, the relation between religion and science, and the role of religion in public life.

  • HUP304 Philosophy and the Social Sciences

    The module introduce students to a series of philosophical questions and difficulties connected with the explanation of human agency, both individual and collective. Issues to be discussed include the relation between the natural and the social sciences, the understanding of `primitive¿ societies¿, the psychopathology of evil, and the role of language in understanding social institutions.

  • PO-2001 Fundamental Issues in Moral and Political Philosophy

    In this module, we shall examine some fundamental issues in moral and political philosophy, including the nature of ethics, the scope and limits of moral reasoning, the relation between meta-ethical reflection and common-sense morality, the applicability of moral theory to practical life, the nature of justice, the foundation of rights, justifications for coercive paternalism, and the relation between politics and religion.

  • PO-3004 Philosophy and the Social Sciences

    The module introduce students to a series of philosophical questions and difficulties connected with the explanation of human agency, both individual and collective. Issues to be discussed include the relation between the natural and the social sciences, the understanding of `primitive¿ societies¿, the psychopathology of evil, and the role of language in understanding social institutions.