Moses Estrada

Profile

I am a PhD student in Philosophy at University of Leeds, UK; alongside being a Visiting Student in the Philosophy dept. at UC, Riverside. I have previously completed a Master of Letters in Philosophy from University of Aberdeen, UK. I am based in Riverside, California.

Research interests

This research project focuses on the problem of selfhood, subjectivity, or the self-conscious subject, across various areas: Philosophy of Language, Epistemology, Philosophy of Literature, Philosophy of Film, and Philosophy of Religion.

I take late Wittgenstein and Post-Kantian philosophers, as points of departure in order to deal with the crucial question: is knowledge of the self possible at all? I claim, it is not. This question has interested contemporary philosophers at junctures between the Analytic and Post-Kantian traditions (esp. the autobiographical/confessional kind, such as Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit, Nietzsche’s Human, All Too Human, Cavell’s The Claim of Reason, and Mulhall's The Self & Its Shadows). As a result, I consider the possibility of the self as negative, i.e. self-denial, self-doubt, sacrifice, renunciation. 

In addition, I shall explore the themes of the self and the other, the fall and redemption, and the human in contemporary films, e.g. Blade Runner, Ex Machina, Ghost in the Shell, Archive. I follow the lead of Cavell and Mulhall, that films may contribute to philosophizing, in order to show how these films illuminate the possibility of the self as negation.

I am also interested in Latin American Philosophy’s (esp. Mexican Philosophy, such as, Jose Vasconcelos’ La Raza Cósmica and Leopoldo Zea’s Ensayos sobre filosofía en la historia) reception of Hegel and Marx (e.g. Enrique Dussel’s Philosophy of Liberation). I read Fransico Miro Quesada’s El hombre sin teoria parallel to Wittgenstein’s anti-theory posture, a sort of liberation from theory itself.

Just a final note, I find myself thinking in a post-analytic situation.

Qualifications

  • MLitt in Philosophy
  • MDiv
  • BA in Religious Studies