Dr Ralph Jessop

  • Senior Lecturer (Interdisciplinary Studies)

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

Research interests

Biography

Ralph Jessop is a senior lecturer in Literature and Philosophy.

A graduate of the Universities of Glasgow and Cambridge, he has taught a broad range of Literature and Philosophy courses at Cambridge, Glasgow, and Aberdeen.

Author of Carlyle and Scottish Thought, and a number of publications on, for example, 19th-century Scottish Women journalists, the formal logic of Sir William Hamilton, and J.M. Barrie’s Peter Pan, he is recognised as a leading international Carlyle scholar.

Some of his more recent work explores synergies between 19th-century philosophical and literary critiques of modernity’s complicity with the mechanical metaphor and its instrumentalist bias. His teaching encourages students to seek new, interdisciplinary ways of understanding literature, culture, and intellectual history.

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

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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, pp. 43-69.

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. (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. (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. (doi:10.1007/s11016-011-9600-y) [Book Review]

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.

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. (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.

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

2003

Jessop, R. (2003) The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, Vol.28. Scottish Studies Review, 4(2), pp. 140-142. [Book Review]

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

1999

Jessop, R. (1999) Scottish philosophical springs of a Romantic literature: Keats’s "older" contemporary Carlyle. In: Barfoot, C.C. (ed.) Victorian Keats and Romantic Carlyle: The Fusions and Confusions of Literary Periods. Series: DQR studies in literature, 27. Rodopi: Amsterdam, pp. 103-119. ISBN 9789042005884

1997

Jessop, R. (1997) Metaphor’s prodigious influence: Carlyle’s 'Signs of the Times’ and Sartor Resartus. Scottish Literary Journal, 24(2), pp. 46-58.

Jessop, R. (1997) Carlyle and Scottish Thought. Macmillan: Basingstoke. ISBN 9780333634288

Jessop, R. (1997) Viragos of the periodical press: Constance Gordon-Cumming, Charlotte Dempster, Margaret Oliphant, Christian Isobel Johnstone. In: Gifford, D. and McMillan, D. (eds.) A History of Scottish Women’s Writing. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, pp. 216-231. ISBN 9780748609161

1996

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

Jessop, R. (1996) Carlyle’s Scotch scepticism: writing from the Scottish tradition. Carlyle Studies Annual(16), pp. 23-35.

1994

Jessop, R. (1994) Introduction to The Merry Wives of Windsor. In: Alexander, P. (ed.) Complete Works of William Shakespeare. Series: Collins classics. HarperCollins: Glasgow, pp. 57-58. ISBN 9780004704753

1991

Jessop, R. (1991) 'Carlyle’s "Wotton Reinfred": They talked of Scotch philosophy'. Carlyle Studies Annual, 12(3), pp. 9-15.

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Number of items: 33.

Articles

Jessop, R. (2013) Representing humanity, the mechanical metaphor, and acts of memory. Imaginaires, 17, pp. 43-69.

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. (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. (doi:10.1111/j.1741-4113.2012.00922.x)

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.

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. (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.

Jessop, R. (1997) Metaphor’s prodigious influence: Carlyle’s 'Signs of the Times’ and Sartor Resartus. Scottish Literary Journal, 24(2), pp. 46-58.

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

Jessop, R. (1996) Carlyle’s Scotch scepticism: writing from the Scottish tradition. Carlyle Studies Annual(16), pp. 23-35.

Jessop, R. (1991) 'Carlyle’s "Wotton Reinfred": They talked of Scotch philosophy'. Carlyle Studies Annual, 12(3), pp. 9-15.

Books

Jessop, R. (1997) Carlyle and Scottish Thought. Macmillan: Basingstoke. ISBN 9780333634288

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

Jessop, R. (1999) Scottish philosophical springs of a Romantic literature: Keats’s "older" contemporary Carlyle. In: Barfoot, C.C. (ed.) Victorian Keats and Romantic Carlyle: The Fusions and Confusions of Literary Periods. Series: DQR studies in literature, 27. Rodopi: Amsterdam, pp. 103-119. ISBN 9789042005884

Jessop, R. (1997) Viragos of the periodical press: Constance Gordon-Cumming, Charlotte Dempster, Margaret Oliphant, Christian Isobel Johnstone. In: Gifford, D. and McMillan, D. (eds.) A History of Scottish Women’s Writing. Edinburgh University Press: Edinburgh, pp. 216-231. ISBN 9780748609161

Jessop, R. (1994) Introduction to The Merry Wives of Windsor. In: Alexander, P. (ed.) Complete Works of William Shakespeare. Series: Collins classics. HarperCollins: Glasgow, pp. 57-58. ISBN 9780004704753

Book Reviews

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

Jessop, R. (2003) The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle, Vol.28. Scottish Studies Review, 4(2), pp. 140-142. [Book Review]

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