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Dr Vicky Roupa

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Professional biography

Dr Vicky Roupa is an Honorary Associate in Philosophy at the Open University. She studied philosophy at the University of Sussex earning her DPhil with a thesis on Hegel and political philosophy. She has taught at the universities of Sussex and Hertfordshire and at the Open University.

Research interests

My main research interests are in 19th century German philosophy and ancient Greek philosophy. I also have interests in contemporary continental philosophy and the intersection of philosophy and literature.

Selected Publications


Articulations of Nature and Politics in Plato and Hegel (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)

This book examines nature as a foundational concept for political and constitutional theory, drawing on readings from Plato and Hegel to counter the view that optimal political arrangements are determined by nature. Focusing on the dialectical implications of the word ‘nature’, i.e. how it encompasses a range of meanings stretching up to the opposites of sensuousness and ideality, the book explores the various junctures at which nature and politics interlock in the philosophies of Plato and Hegel. Appearance and essence, inner life and public realm, the psychical and the political are all shown to be parts of a conflictual structure that requires both infinite proximity and irreducible distance. The book offers innovative interpretations of a number of key texts by Plato and Hegel to highlight the metaphysical and political implications of nature’s dialectical structure, and re-appraises their thinking of nature in a way that both respects and goes beyond their intentions.

Peer-reviewed articles/chapters

 ‘Is There Such A Thing As Quixotic Virtue?’ forthcoming in G. Hagberg (ed.) Fictional Worlds and the Moral Imagination (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020)

“On Politics as Effectuation: Jean-Luc Nancy’s Encounter with the Hegelian Monarch,” Journal for Cultural Research Vol. 9, No. 4 (October 2005).

Book Reviews

Coleen P. Zoller, Plato and the Body: Reconsidering Socratic Asceticism. In Bryn Mawr Classical review, 2019/02/29.

Dennis King Keenan, (ed.), Hegel and Contemporary Continental Philosophy. In Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology vol. 38, no. 3 (2007): 329-331.

Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Foundations of Natural Right, trans. M. Baur. In Studies in Social and Political Thought 7 (2002): 129-135.

Jean-Luc Nancy, The Speculative Remark: (One of Hegel’s Bons Mots), trans. Céline Surprenant in Textual Practice, vol. 16, no. 2 (2002): 424-8.

Teaching interests

During my time at the University of Hertfordshire I lectured on a number of courses including ‘Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit’, ‘Plato’s Republic’ and ‘Theory of Knowledge’. At the Open University I tutored on AZX103 An Introduction to the Humanities, AA100 Arts Past and Present, AA311 Reading Political Philosophy Machiavelli to Mill, and A222 Exploring Philosophy. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have conducted research on how tutors can improve their provision of written feedback to student assignments.