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Professor Alex Neill BA Southampton, MA Alberta, PhD Cambridge

Professor, Vice-President (Education)

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Professor Alex Neill is the Vice-President (Education) and a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton.

Before taking up his position at Southampton in 1999, Alex Neill taught at the Pennsylvania State University, Harrisburg, Trinity University, San Antonio and the University of St Andrews.

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Research interests

Alex's recent research has been mainly in aesthetics, 18th century philosophy (especially Hume), and 19th century philosophy (especially Schopenhauer). He is currently completing a book on Schopenhauer's aesthetics (and trying to master the ukulele).

Affiliate research groups

History of Philosophy, Analytic Aesthetics and the History of Aesthetics

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Book Chapters

  • Neill, A. (2012). The pornographic, the erotic, the charming and the sublime. In H. Maes, & J. Levinson (Eds.), Art and Pornography (pp. 48-60). Oxford University Press.
  • Neill, A. (2011). Arthur Schopenhauer. In T. Gracyk, & A. Kania (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Philosophy and Music (Routledge Philosophy Companions). Routledge.
  • Neill, A. (2011). Schopenhauer on tragedy and the sublime. In B. Vandenabeele (Ed.), Companion to Schopenhauer (Blackwell Companions to Philosophy). Blackwell.
  • Neill, A. (2010). The paradox of tragedy. In D. Edmonds, & N. Warburton (Eds.), Philosophy Bites Oxford University Press.
  • Janaway, C., & Neill, A. (2009). Schopenhauer's philosophy of value. In C. Janaway, & A. Neill (Eds.), Better Consciousness: Schopenhauer's Philosophy of Value (pp. 1-10). Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Neill, A. (2009). The paradox of responding to fiction. In S. Davies, K. M. Higgins, R. Hopkins, R. Stecker, & D. E. Cooper (Eds.), A Companion to Aesthetics. 2nd Edition Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Neill, A. (2007). Fiktion und emotionen. In M. E. Reicher (Ed.), Fiktion, Wahrheit, Wirklichkeit: Philosophische Grundlagen der Literaturtheorie (pp. 120-142). (Kunst Philosophie; No. 8). Mentis.
  • Neill, A. (2007). Schopenhauer and the foundations of aesthetic experience. In R. Shusterman, & A. Tomlin (Eds.), Aesthetic Experience (pp. 178-193). (Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy). Routledge.
  • Neill, A. (2005). Fiction et émotions. In J-P. Cometti, J. Morizot, & R. Pouivet (Eds.), Esthétique Contemporaine: Art, Representation et Fiction (pp. 347-375). (Textes Clés d'Esthétique Contemporaine). Librairie Philosophique Vrin.
  • Neill, A. (2005). Tragedy. In D. Borchert (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Philosophy. 2nd edition Macmillan Reference USA.
  • Neill, A. (2005). Tragedy. In B. Gaut, & D. Lopes (Eds.), The Routledge Companion to Aesthetics (pp. 457-468). Routledge.
  • Neill, A. D. (2003). Art and emotion. In J. Levinson (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics (pp. 421-435). (Oxford Handbooks of Philosophy). Oxford University Press.
  • Neill, A. (2003). Poetry. In J. Levinson (Ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Aesthetics (pp. 605-613). Oxford University Press.
  • Neill, A. D. (2003). Schopenhauer on tragedy and value. In J. L. Bermúdez, & S. Gardner (Eds.), Art and Morality (pp. 204-217). (International Library of Philosophy). Routledge.
  • Neill, A. (1999). Inauthenticity, insincerity and poetry. In S. Kemal, & I. Gaskell (Eds.), Performance and Authenticity in the Arts (pp. 197-214). (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy and the Arts). Cambridge University Press.
  • Neill, A. (1998). Hume on tragedy. In M. Kelly (Ed.), Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (pp. 399-401). Oxford University Press.
  • Neill, A. (1996). Empathy and (film) fiction. In D. Bordwell, & N. Carroll (Eds.), Post-Theory: Reconstructing Film Studies (pp. 175-194). University of Wisconsin Press.


Professor Alex Neill
Office of the President and Vice-Chancellor,
University of Southampton,
Highfield Campus,
SO17 1BJ

Room Number: 37/4037

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