Hutchesons' Centre for Research

Hutchesons' Grammar School

Director

Philip Tonner

 Tel: 0141 423 2933

 Fax:  0141 424 0251

 Email: TonnerP@hutchesons.org  

 

Biography

Philip is Head of Philosophy and Religion and Director of the Hutchesons' Centre for Research at Hutchesons' Grammar School in Glasgow. Philip studied philosophy and religious studies at the University of Glasgow, philosophy at the University of Warwick and archaeology at the University of Oxford. His PGDE in education was awarded by the University of Strathclyde in 2006.

Before coming to Hutchesons' in 2011 Philip taught courses in philosophy, religious studies, humanities and museum studies at a number of schools and universities in the UK. Philip acts as an External Verifier and Marker for Higher Philosophy and as a Nominee Verifier for Higher Religious, Moral and Philosophical Studies (Curriculum for Excellence) for the SQA. Philip is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland.

Here is a link to Philip's academia.edu site: https://hutchesons.academia.edu/PhilipTonner

Research Interests

 

Representative Publications

Books

Phenomenology Between Aesthetics and Idealism, Aurora, Colorado: Noesis Press, 2015.

Heidegger, Metaphysics and the Univocity of  Being, London and New York: Continuum, 2010.

Book chapters

‘Museums, ethics and truth’ forthcoming in Philosophy and Museums: Ethics, Aesthetics and Ontology, Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement, ed. A. Bergqvist, V.S. Harrison and G. Kemp, Cambridge University Press: Cambridge, 2015.

‘Did Homo erectus dwell? Heidegger, archaeology and the future of phenomenology’, Heidegger in the Twenty-First Century, Contributions to Phenomenology, Vol. 80, ed. T. Georgakis and P. Ennis, forthcoming, Springer, 2015.

‘Art, materiality and the meaning of being: Heidegger on the work of art and the significance of things’ in, Heidegger and the Work of Art History, ed. A. Boetzkes and A. Vinegar, Ashgate, 2014.

‘Between Medieval and Modern beholding: Heidegger, Deleuze and the Duns Scotus affair’ in, Heresy and the Making of European Culture: medieval and modern perspectives, ed. A. Roach and J. Simpson, Ashgate, 2013.

‘Are animals poor in the world? A critique of Heidegger’s anthropocentrism’ in Anthropocentrism: Investigations into the History of an Idea, ed. R. Boddice, Brill 2011.

‘Archaeologies and Geographies of Value’ (with G. Higginbottom) in, Unquiet Pasts: Risk Society, Lived Cultural Heritage, Re-designing Reflexivity, ed. I. Russell and S. Koerner, Ashgate, 2010.

Papers

‘A Recreation of a Visual Engagement and the Revelation of World Views in Bronze Age Scotland’ (with Gail Higginbottom and Andrew Smith) in, Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, Springer, December 2013.

‘Toward a phenomenological cognitive archaeology’, Phenomenology & Mind, The Phenomenology Lab and San Raffaele University Publishing House, 2011.

‘Abstracta in Concreta: Engaging Museum Collections in Philosophical and Religious Studies Research’ (with V. Harrison), Learning at the Interface Case Study, University of Brighton, 2011.

‘Heidegger, Gadamer and the work of archaeology’, in Rundbrief der Arbeitsgemeinschaft Theorie in der Archäologie, 2010.

‘Making Connections: some initial thoughts on communication, constructivism and formative assessment’, in, Discourse: Learning and Teaching in Philosophical and Religious Studies, Volume 8, No.2, Spring 2009.

‘The Return of the Relative: Hamilton, Bergson, Merleau-Ponty and French Phenomenology’, in, Janus Head, Volume 11, Issues 1 & 2, Summer/Fall 2008.

‘Haecceitas and the question of being: Heidegger and Duns Scotus’, in, Kritike: An Online Journal of Philosophy, December, 2008.

The Significance of the Thing: the importance of collecting, Research Collections, Glasgow Caledonian University, 2008.

‘Duns Scotus’s concept of the univocity of being: another look’, in, Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy, Volume 18, Spring 2007.

Talks (selected)

2014    ‘Dwelling at the Pit of the Bones’, Kellogg College, University of Oxford, 24th October 2014.

2014    ‘Educational places: mobilising Foucault’s heterotopoanalysis for 21stcentury education’, Foucault and Education: Retrospect and Prospect, Interdisciplinary Centre of the Social Sciences, University of Sheffield, 29th January 2014.

2013    ‘Those who create are made: Heidegger’s World Four’, (with G. Higginbottom) 19th Annual Meeting of The European Association of Archaeologists, 4-8th September 2013, Pilsen, Czech Republic.

2013    ‘Museums, ethics and truth’ Keynote Speaker, Philosophy and Museums: Ethics, Aesthetics and Ontology, Royal Institute of Philosophy Conference, The University of Glasgow, 24th-26th July 2013.

2011     ‘Landscape ethics, problems and prospects’, Transforming Practice, The Philosophies, Methods and Impacts of our Engagements with Landscape, Workshop 3: Landscape Ethics, Glasgow, 21st January 2011.

2010    ‘What do caves do? Heterotopic space and Upper Palaeolithic cave art’, 32nd Annual Conference of the Theoretical Archaeology Group, University of Bristol, 17-19th December 2010.

2010    ‘Did Homo erectus dwell? Heidegger and human origins research’, Twenty-First Century Heidegger, UCD Humanities Institute of Ireland, University College Dublin 10-11 September 2010.

2010    ‘The Journey of the Soul to God: Heidegger on the ‘form of life’ of ‘medieval man’, 17th International Medieval Congress, Institute for Medieval Studies, The University of Leeds, 12-15th July 2010.

2010    ‘Abstracta in Concreta: Engaging Museum Collections in Philosophical and Religious Studies Research’ (with V. Harrison), Learning at the Interface: Museum and University Collaborations, The Victoria and Albert Museum, London, 1st-2nd July, 2010.

2010     ‘Action, language and material culture, a phenomenologico-archaeological approach’, Language, Culture and Mind IV, Åbo Akademi University, Turku, Finland, 21st – 23rd June 2010.

2010    ‘Bataille, Lascaux, the origin of art and the taboo on murder’, Transgression and its Limits, University of Stirling, 29-30th May 2010.

2010    ‘Art, materiality and the meaning of being: Heidegger on the work of art and the significance of things’, The 36th Annual Conference of The Association of Art Historians, The University of Glasgow, 15-17th April 2010.

2010    ‘Careers in Museums for Postgraduates’, Careers Beyond Academia, The University of Glasgow, 8th February 2010.

2010    ‘Action, practical agency and evolution or, how phenomenological accounts of intentionality ground cognitive archaeology’, Winter School “The Phenomenological Mind”, The Phenomenology and Sciences of the Person Laboratory, the Faculty of Philosophy, University Vita-Salute San Raffaele and the Department of Philosophy, University of Studies, Milan 26-28th January 2010. 

2009    ‘Are animals poor in the world? A critique of Heidegger’s anthropocentrism’, 31st Annual Conference of the Theoretical Archaeology Group, University of Durham, 17-19th December 2009.

2009    ‘Between Heresy and Orthodoxy: a reflection on the John Duns Scotus affair’, 16th International Medieval Congress, Institute for Medieval Studies, The University of Leeds, 13th-16th July 2009.

2009    ‘Introduction to Glasgow Museums’, British Museum International Curatorial Training Programme, The British Museum, 29th June 2009.

2009    ‘Museum Collections and the Archaeology of Religion: a phenomenological reflection’, Abstracta in Concreta: Engaging Museum Collections in Philosophical and Religious Studies Research, a collaborative research training one-day seminar, Department of Philosophy, The University of Glasgow and Glasgow Museums, 21st May 2009.

2009    ‘The materiality of the thing: exploring theoretical approaches to material culture’, Modern British History Network and Glasgow Museums, St Mungo Museum of Religious Life and Art, Glasgow, 25th February 2009.

2008    ‘The Significance of the Thing: Research Collections and the importance of collecting’, Glasgow Caledonian University, Research Collections Seminar Series, Glasgow Caledonian University, 3rd April 2008.

2006    ‘Geographies of Values’ (with G. Higginbottom), European Association of Archaeologists (EAA) 12th Annual Meeting, Krakow, Poland, 19th-24th September 2006. http://cracow2006.e-a-a.org/

2005   'The Return of the Relative: Hamilton, Bergson and phenomenology' (response to Laurent Jaffro), Alliance Project: Scottish Philosophy and French Spiritualism, The University of St Andrews, March 2005.