Dr Renee England

Honorary Research Fellow

School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences


Renee is an honorary research fellow at the University of Queensland, having recently completed her PhD in Philosophy there. Renee specialises in the philosophy of emotion, selfhood and agency, using the work of Spinoza to inform contemporary debates in these areas. Originally a scientist, Renee also draws on her background to engage with recent developments in neuroscience and psychology that are relevant to her philosophical research. Renee enjoys teaching Philosophy in a variety of courses, and received a Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences Award for Tutors in 2016.

Research Interests

  • Philosophy of emotion
    Renee’s research interests centre on the philosophy of emotion, and she engages with a variety of areas including Early Modern philosophy, emotion theory, philosophy of mind, moral psychology, feminist philosophy, and also contemporary neuroscience and psychology. In particular, Renee focuses on the ongoing influence of “Cartesian” dualism on the current understanding of emotion, selfhood and agency – especially in the form of the “split self” view, which is characterised by oppositions between mind/body, reason/emotion, higher level/lower level cognitive processes etc. – and on the fruitful corrective offered by feminist interpretations of Spinoza’s monistic philosophy.


  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland


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