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Benjamin Herm-Morris

PhD Research

PhD Research in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures


My interest in continental Philosophy developed during my Modern and Medieval Languages bachelor studies at the University of Cambridge. Professor Martin Crowley took notice of my fascination with digital learning tools and directed me towards the thought of Bernard Stiegler. Fascinated, I proceeded to write my first bachelor thesis (3rd year) on the French philosopher, entitled: Poison and Cure, Bernard Stiegler and the Pharmacology of New Media. My second bachelor's thesis (4th year) was under the supervision of Professor Ian James. It focused on the thought of Paul Virilio and his contribution to phenomenological enquiries into technics. It is entitled Caution Advised: Paul Virilio and the Struggle for Perception.

Realising that changes in the field of education are part of wider societal upheaval in the digital era, I continued my studies at King's College London, where I completed an MA in Digital Culture and Society. My master's thesis is entitled Current developments in digital education platforms, a typological classification.

It was during my MA that I met Dr Gerald Moore, who is at the forefront of combining Bernard Stiegler's theories with current studies in Neuroscience and Education. Agreeing to supervise me for my PhD in Durham, Dr Moore is helping me write a thesis on how to establish new educational norms out of the disruption which digital platforms have created. He is an endless source of inspiration and thanks to him my thought has matured significantly.

My PhD thesis (in progress) is entitled A Contributive Education: New ways of evaluating learning in the age of the digital.

Research interests

  • Philosophy of Technology
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Philosophy of Individuation
  • 20th- and 21st-century continental philosophy
  • Digital Media Theory