Biography

After working in archaeology, I began to study philosophy whilst at the Open University.  I graduated from the Open University with a BA (Hons) in 2000; and I was awarded an MA in philosophy from Sheffield University in 2002.  In 2008 I was awarded a PhD from Keele University for a thesis on the philosophy of R.G. Collingwood.

I am interested in all the major sub-disciplines of philosophy, and outside of philosophy I have interests (and publications) in archaeological theory, the history of archaeology, and art history.

Research and scholarship

My areas of specialisation are:

  • Metaphilosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Action

I am Deputy Associate Editor of the journal, Human Affairs.

Teaching

I lead undergraduate seminars on the philosophy of mind and on logic and also help to run the reading group of Keele’s forum for philosophical research.

Further information

Aside from my work at Keele, I also work as a research assistant to Professor James Connelly of Hull University who is writing a biography of R.G. Collingwood. Outside of my involvement with contemporary philosophy I have also published articles on the Russian archaeological theorist Leo S. Klejn and on the eighteenth century artist Joseph Wright of Derby.

For further information go to:  http://keele.academia.edu/StephenLeach

Selected Publications

  • Leach S. 2021. Book Review: Aleksander K. Konopatskii. 2021. Aleksei P. Okladnikov: the great explorer of the past. Volume II: a biography of a Soviet archaeologist (1960s–1980s). Antiquity: a quarterly review of archaeology, 828-832, vol. 95(381). doi> link>
  • Leach S. 2020. Russell on technology and common sense. Human affairs (Bratislava, Slovakia), 518-525, vol. 30(4). doi> link> full text>
  • Tartaglia J and Leach S. 2019. Introduction: Life’s meaning. Human Affairs, 359-362, vol. 29(4). doi> link>
  • Leach S. 2019. U.T. PLACE AND THE MYSTICAL ORIGIN OF MODERN PHYSICALISM. Think, 75–78, vol. 18. doi>
  • Dharamsi K, D'Oro G, Leach S (Eds.). 2018. Collingwood on Philosophical Methodology, edited by Karim Dharamsi, Giuseppina D'Oro and Stepehn Leach. Palgrave Philosophers in Depth series. Karim Dharamsi, Giuseppina D'Oro and Stepehn leach (eds.).

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Books

  • Dharamsi K, D'Oro G, Leach S (Eds.). 2018. Collingwood on Philosophical Methodology, edited by Karim Dharamsi, Giuseppina D'Oro and Stepehn Leach. Palgrave Philosophers in Depth series. Karim Dharamsi, Giuseppina D'Oro and Stepehn leach (eds.).
  • Tartaglia JPF and Leach S (Eds.). 2018. The Meaning of Life and the Great Philosophers. Routledge. doi> link>
  • Tartaglia JPF and Leach S (Eds.). 2016. Consciousness and the Great Philosophers: What would they have said about our Mind-Body Problem?. Routledge.
  • Leach SD and Connelly J. 2014. R.G. Collingwood: A Research Companion. London: Bloomsbury.
  • Rorty R. Leach S and Tartaglia J (Eds.). 2014. Richard Rorty: Mind, Language, and Metaphilosophy: Philosophical Papers. Cambridge University Press.
  • Leach SD. 2009. The Foundations of History: Collingwood’s Analysis of Historical Explanation. Exeter: Academic Imprints.

Journal Articles

  • Leach S. 2021. Book Review: Aleksander K. Konopatskii. 2021. Aleksei P. Okladnikov: the great explorer of the past. Volume II: a biography of a Soviet archaeologist (1960s–1980s). Antiquity: a quarterly review of archaeology, 828-832, vol. 95(381). doi> link>
  • Leach S. 2020. Russell on technology and common sense. Human affairs (Bratislava, Slovakia), 518-525, vol. 30(4). doi> link> full text>
  • Tartaglia J and Leach S. 2019. Introduction: Life’s meaning. Human Affairs, 359-362, vol. 29(4). doi> link>
  • Leach S. 2019. U.T. PLACE AND THE MYSTICAL ORIGIN OF MODERN PHYSICALISM. Think, 75–78, vol. 18. doi>
  • Leach S and Tartaglia J. 2018. The Original Meaning of Life. Philosophy Now. link>
  • Leach S. 2017. L. S. Klejn and R. G. Collingwood on History, Archaeology, and Detection. JOURNAL OF THE PHILOSOPHY OF HISTORY, 391-407, vol. 11(3). doi> full text>
  • Leach SD. Pyrrhonian Skepticism and the Mirror of Nature. The Journal of Speculative Philosophy, vol. 27(4).
  • Leach SD. 2012. Review of Essays on Skepticism by Anthony Brueckner. Philosophy in Review, 79-81, vol. 32(3).
  • Leach SD. 2012. Review of The Oxford Handbook of Scepticism by John Greco. Philosophy in Review, 471-474, vol. 32(6).
  • Leach SD. 2012. ‘Roman England’: R.G. Collingwood’s Correspondence with Harold Bruff. Collingwood and British Idealism Studies: incorporating Bradley Studies, 81-95, vol. 18(1).
  • Leach SD. 2011. Bernard Williams on R.G. Collingwood: Distinctions and Assimilations. Theoretical and Applied Ethics, 30-35, vol. 1(3).
  • Leach SD. 2011. Buried Romance: Articles and Letters by R.G. Collingwood in the National Press. Collingwood and British Idealism Studies: incorporating Bradley Studies, 151-188, vol. 17(2).
  • Leach SD. 2011. History, Ethics and Philosophy: Bernard Williams’ Appraisal of R.G. Collingwood. Journal of the Philosophy of History, 36-53, vol. 5.
  • Leach SD. 2008. Collingwood’s Ontological Argument. Collingwood and British Idealism Studies: incorporating Bradley Studies, 93-110, vol. 14.

Chapters

  • Dharamsi K, D'Oro G, Leach S. 2018. Introduction: the armchair and the pickaxe. In Collingwood on Philosophical Methodology. Dharamsi K, D'Oro G, Leach S (Eds.). London: Palgrave. link> full text>
  • Leach SD and Abin E. 2013. Bernard Williams and R.G. Collingwood: a difference in philosophical method. In The Moral Philosophy of Bernard Williams. Perry A (Ed.). Nescastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
  • Leach S and Tartaglia J. The Blue Flower. In The Meaning of Life and the Great Philosophers. Tartaglia JPF (Ed.). Routledge. full text>
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