Dr Ralph Jessop

  • Senior Lecturer (Interdisciplinary Studies)

telephone: 01387702035
email: Ralph.Jessop@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

Biography

Ralph Jessop first entered full-time Higher education as a mature student after leaving a career in the Civil Service. He took his first degree at the University of Glasgow, graduating in 1988 with a joint Honours degree in English Literature and Philosophy.

In the same year he moved to the University of Cambridge to undertake doctoral research on the nineteenth-century man of letters, Thomas Carlyle under the supervision of Professor Stefan Collini. While at Cambridge he continued his interests in Philosophy by combining research on Carlyle and nineteenth century literature with work on 18th- and early 19th-century Scottish philosophers such as David Hume, Thomas Reid, and Sir William Hamilton among others.

After completing his doctoral research in 1992, he returned to Scotland to teach in the Universities of Glasgow and Aberdeen. At the University of Glasgow he taught English Literature and Philosophy from 1992-1997.

Between 1998 and 1999 he ran his own company retailing Scottish-made Art, Craft and Design goods, returning to academe in March 1999 to take up his current appointment in Literature and Philosophy at the Crichton Campus. He was a member of the editorial board of the Carlyle Encyclopedia, published in 2004, and he currently serves on the advisory board of the journal Carlyle Studies Annual. In 2008 he was the principal organiser (with Dr Carol Collins) of the Carlyle Conference (Dumfries) 2008.

Research interests

Thomas Carlyle, Scottish Philosophy, and several literary figures associated with Carlyle remain key interests. In addition he is interested in the work of Descartes, Locke, Swift, Voltaire, Fielding, Hume, Reid, Burns, Sir William Hamilton, early 19th-century reviewers and essayists, contemporary argumentation theory, and Jürgen Habermas.

He is currently exploring the philosophical problems of knowledge and scepticism generated in the eighteenth century and how philosophical discourses about these problems are re-enacted or enmeshed in the literature of the 18th and 19th centuries.

Other more general areas of interest include moral philosophy and the presentation of moral problems in fictional works and several other philosohical approaches to the reading of fictional texts.

Teaching

Undergraduate

  • Level 2: English Literature 2A: Writing and Ideology
  • Level 2: English Literature 2B: Writing and Text
  • Level 3: Dissertation
  • Level 3: Victorian Literature, Art, & Philosophy
  • Level 4: Enlightenment Literature & Culture
  • Level 4: Creative Enquiry Project (convenor)
  • Level 4: Honours Dissertation (convenor)

Publications

List by: Type | Date

Jump to: 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2008 | 2007 | 2005 | 2004 | 2002 | 1996
Number of items: 25.

2014

Jessop, R. (2014) Peter Pan's make-believe: place, uncertainty, and wonder. In: Bold, V. and Nash, A. (eds.) Gateway to the Modern: Resituating J.M. Barrie. Series: Occasional papers (Association for Scottish Literary Studies) (18). Scottish Literature International, pp. 133-154. ISBN 9781908980021

2013

Jessop, R. (2013) Representing humanity, the mechanical metaphor, and acts of memory. Imaginaires, 17 . ISSN 1270-931X

Jessop, R. (2013) Resisting the Enlightenment's instrumentalist legacy: James, Hamilton, and Carlyle on the mechanization of the human condition. History of European Ideas, 39 (5). pp. 631-649. ISSN 0191-6599 (doi:10.1080/01916599.2012.735137)

2012

Jessop, R. (2012) Coinage of the term environment: a word without authority and Carlyle's displacement of the mechanical metaphor. Literature Compass, 9 (11). pp. 708-720. ISSN 1741-4113 (doi:10.1111/j.1741-4113.2012.00922.x)

Jessop, R. (2012) Thomas Brown: negotiating a position between Hume and Reid. Metascience, 21 (2). pp. 337-341. ISSN 0815-0796 (doi:10.1007/s11016-011-9600-y)

2011

Jessop, R. (2011) Counter-cultural scepticisms of the long enlightenment: Hume, Reid, Hamilton, Carlyle, Dickens and beyond. Journal of Scottish Thought, 4 . pp. 75-94. ISSN 1755-9928

2010

Jessop, R. (2010) Cairns Craig, Intending Scotland: Explorations in Scottish Culture since the Enlightenment (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009). Journal of Scottish Philosophy, 8 . pp. 225-231. ISSN 1479-6651 (doi:10.3366/jsp.2010.0011)

Jessop, R. (2010) Shooting the Enlightenment: a brave new era for Carlyle? In: Kerry, P.E. and Hill, M. (eds.) Thomas Carlyle Resartus: Reappraising Carlyle’s Contribution to the Philosophy of History, Political Theory, and Cultural Criticism. Farleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, NJ, pp. 62-84. ISBN 9780838642238

2008

Jessop, R. (2008) The logic of Sir William Hamilton: tunnelling through sand to place the keystone in the Aristotelic Arch. In: Gabbay, D.M. and Woods, J. (eds.) British Logic in the Nineteenth Century. Series: Handbook of the History of Logic, 4 . Elsevier, pp. 93-163. ISBN 0444516107

2007

Jessop, R. (2007) Undesirable passions: utopia's emotionless rationality. In: Van Eemeren, F.H. (ed.) Proceedings of the Sixth Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation. Sic Sat, International Center for the Study of Argumentation, Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 705-711. ISBN 9789051709162

2005

Jessop, R. (2005) Carlyle's agnosticism: "an altar to the unknown and unknowable God". Literature and Belief, 25 (1-2). pp. 381-433. ISSN 0732-1929

2004

Jessop, R. (2004) Brown, Thomas. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, USA, p. 39. ISBN 9780838637920

Jessop, R. (2004) Cooper, Thomas. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, USA, pp. 103-104. ISBN 9780838637920

Jessop, R. (2004) Erskine, Thomas. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, USA, pp. 151-152. ISBN 9780838637920

Jessop, R. (2004) Hume, David. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, USA, pp. 227-228. ISBN 9780838637920

Jessop, R. (2004) Laing, David. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, USA, p. 266. ISBN 9780838637920

Jessop, R. (2004) Leslie, John. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, USA, p. 279. ISBN 9780838637920

Jessop, R. (2004) Lushington, Vernon. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, USA, p. 298. ISBN 9780838637920

Jessop, R. (2004) Masson, David. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, USA, pp. 310-311. ISBN 9780838637920

Jessop, R. (2004) Montague, Anna Dorothea. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, USA, pp. 334-335. ISBN 9780838637920

Jessop, R. (2004) Nietzsche, Friedrich. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, USA, pp. 349-350. ISBN 9780838637920

Jessop, R. (2004) Reid, Thomas. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, USA, pp. 388-389. ISBN 9780838637920

Jessop, R. (2004) Spedding, Thomas Story [and] Spedding, James. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, USA, p. 437. ISBN 9780838637920

2002

Jessop, R. (2002) Carlyle, Thomas. In: Mander, W.J. and Sell, A.P.F. (eds.) The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Philosophers. Thoemmes Continuum, Bristol, UK, pp. 206-212. ISBN 9781855069558

1996

Jessop, R. (1996) "A strange apartment": the watch-tower in Carlyle's Sartor Resartus. Studies in Scottish Literature, 29 (1). pp. 118-132. ISSN 0039-3770

This list was generated on Thu Nov 27 06:01:49 2014 GMT.
Number of items: 25.

Articles

Jessop, R. (2013) Representing humanity, the mechanical metaphor, and acts of memory. Imaginaires, 17 . ISSN 1270-931X

Jessop, R. (2013) Resisting the Enlightenment's instrumentalist legacy: James, Hamilton, and Carlyle on the mechanization of the human condition. History of European Ideas, 39 (5). pp. 631-649. ISSN 0191-6599 (doi:10.1080/01916599.2012.735137)

Jessop, R. (2012) Coinage of the term environment: a word without authority and Carlyle's displacement of the mechanical metaphor. Literature Compass, 9 (11). pp. 708-720. ISSN 1741-4113 (doi:10.1111/j.1741-4113.2012.00922.x)

Jessop, R. (2012) Thomas Brown: negotiating a position between Hume and Reid. Metascience, 21 (2). pp. 337-341. ISSN 0815-0796 (doi:10.1007/s11016-011-9600-y)

Jessop, R. (2011) Counter-cultural scepticisms of the long enlightenment: Hume, Reid, Hamilton, Carlyle, Dickens and beyond. Journal of Scottish Thought, 4 . pp. 75-94. ISSN 1755-9928

Jessop, R. (2010) Cairns Craig, Intending Scotland: Explorations in Scottish Culture since the Enlightenment (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2009). Journal of Scottish Philosophy, 8 . pp. 225-231. ISSN 1479-6651 (doi:10.3366/jsp.2010.0011)

Jessop, R. (2005) Carlyle's agnosticism: "an altar to the unknown and unknowable God". Literature and Belief, 25 (1-2). pp. 381-433. ISSN 0732-1929

Jessop, R. (1996) "A strange apartment": the watch-tower in Carlyle's Sartor Resartus. Studies in Scottish Literature, 29 (1). pp. 118-132. ISSN 0039-3770

Book Sections

Jessop, R. (2014) Peter Pan's make-believe: place, uncertainty, and wonder. In: Bold, V. and Nash, A. (eds.) Gateway to the Modern: Resituating J.M. Barrie. Series: Occasional papers (Association for Scottish Literary Studies) (18). Scottish Literature International, pp. 133-154. ISBN 9781908980021

Jessop, R. (2010) Shooting the Enlightenment: a brave new era for Carlyle? In: Kerry, P.E. and Hill, M. (eds.) Thomas Carlyle Resartus: Reappraising Carlyle’s Contribution to the Philosophy of History, Political Theory, and Cultural Criticism. Farleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, NJ, pp. 62-84. ISBN 9780838642238

Jessop, R. (2008) The logic of Sir William Hamilton: tunnelling through sand to place the keystone in the Aristotelic Arch. In: Gabbay, D.M. and Woods, J. (eds.) British Logic in the Nineteenth Century. Series: Handbook of the History of Logic, 4 . Elsevier, pp. 93-163. ISBN 0444516107

Jessop, R. (2007) Undesirable passions: utopia's emotionless rationality. In: Van Eemeren, F.H. (ed.) Proceedings of the Sixth Conference of the International Society for the Study of Argumentation. Sic Sat, International Center for the Study of Argumentation, Amsterdam, Netherlands, pp. 705-711. ISBN 9789051709162

Jessop, R. (2004) Brown, Thomas. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, USA, p. 39. ISBN 9780838637920

Jessop, R. (2004) Cooper, Thomas. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, USA, pp. 103-104. ISBN 9780838637920

Jessop, R. (2004) Erskine, Thomas. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, USA, pp. 151-152. ISBN 9780838637920

Jessop, R. (2004) Hume, David. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, USA, pp. 227-228. ISBN 9780838637920

Jessop, R. (2004) Laing, David. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, USA, p. 266. ISBN 9780838637920

Jessop, R. (2004) Leslie, John. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, USA, p. 279. ISBN 9780838637920

Jessop, R. (2004) Lushington, Vernon. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, USA, p. 298. ISBN 9780838637920

Jessop, R. (2004) Masson, David. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, USA, pp. 310-311. ISBN 9780838637920

Jessop, R. (2004) Montague, Anna Dorothea. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, USA, pp. 334-335. ISBN 9780838637920

Jessop, R. (2004) Nietzsche, Friedrich. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, USA, pp. 349-350. ISBN 9780838637920

Jessop, R. (2004) Reid, Thomas. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, USA, pp. 388-389. ISBN 9780838637920

Jessop, R. (2004) Spedding, Thomas Story [and] Spedding, James. In: Cumming, M. (ed.) The Carlyle Encyclopedia. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, Madison, USA, p. 437. ISBN 9780838637920

Jessop, R. (2002) Carlyle, Thomas. In: Mander, W.J. and Sell, A.P.F. (eds.) The Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century British Philosophers. Thoemmes Continuum, Bristol, UK, pp. 206-212. ISBN 9781855069558

This list was generated on Thu Nov 27 06:01:49 2014 GMT.