Iain Hamilton Grant

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Iain Hamilton Grant
Nationality British
Alma mater University of Reading
Warwick University
Era Contemporary philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Continental philosophy
Speculative realism (transcendental materialism)
Main interests
Naturphilosophie, German Idealism, ontology[1]
Notable ideas
Transcendental materialism

Iain Hamilton Grant is a senior lecturer at the University of the West of England in Bristol, United Kingdom. His research interests include ontology, European philosophy, German Idealism (especially Schelling), and both contemporary and historical philosophy of nature.[1] He is often associated with the recent philosophical current known as Speculative Realism.[2]


Grant was initially known as a translator of the prominent French philosophers Jean Baudrillard and Jean-François Lyotard. His reputation as an independent philosopher comes primarily from his book Philosophies of Nature After Schelling (2006). In this book, Grant heavily criticizes the repeated attempts of philosophers to "reverse Platonism," and argues that they should try to reverse Immanuel Kant instead. He is highly critical of the recent prominence of ethics and the philosophy of life in continental philosophy, which in his view merely reinforce the undue privilege of human being. Against these trends, Grant calls for a renewed treatment of the inorganic realm.[3]

Grant views Plato and Friedrich Wilhelm Joseph Schelling as his major allies among classic philosophical figures, and generally opposes both Aristotle and Kant for what he sees as their tendency to reduce reality to its expressibility for humans. Grant is also influenced by the French philosopher Gilles Deleuze.

Grant wrote his PhD thesis on Kant and Lyotard in the Department of Philosophy at Warwick University. Whilst at Warwick he was part of the Cybernetic Culture Research Unit.


Original works[edit]

  • Co-authored New Media: A Critical Introduction (London and New York: Routledge, 2003)[4]
  • Philosophies of Nature After Schelling (London and New York: Continuum, 2006)[5]
  • Idealism: The History of a Philosophy (with Jeremy Dunham & Sean Watson) (Durham: Acumen, 2010) [6]

English translations[edit]

  • Jean Baudrillard, Symbolic Exchange and Death, transl. by Iain Hamilton Grant (London: Sage, 1993).
  • Jean-François Lyotard, Libidinal Economy, transl. by Iain Hamilton Grant (Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1993).


  1. ^ a b "Dr. Iain Grant". University of West England Staff Profiles. Retrieved 3 May 2016. 
  2. ^ Speculative Realism in Collapse: Journal of Philosophical Research and Development (Falmouth: Urbanomic, 2007), pp.306-449
  3. ^ ENR // AgencyND // University of Notre Dame (2007-05-10). "On an Artificial Earth: Philosophies of Nature after Schelling // Reviews // Philosophical Reviews // University of Notre Dame". Ndpr.nd.edu. Retrieved 2011-09-21. 
  4. ^ New media : a critical introduction (Reprinted. ed.). London: Routledge. 2003. ISBN 0415223784.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  5. ^ A review of the book in the Notre Dame Philosophical Review
  6. ^ Dunham, Jeremy; Grant, Iain Hamilton; Watson, Sean (2010). Idealism: a history of a philosophy. Durham: Acumen Publishing Ltd. ISBN 9781844652419. 

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