Bethany Parsons, PhD Candidate (AFHEA)

Background

I studied my BA (Hons) and MA at the University of Warwick before coming to Edinburgh for my doctoral studies. My research focuses on Friedrich Nietzsche's lectures on the Presocratic philosophers and the intersection of tragedy and pessimism in his thought. I enjoy joint supervision between Classics and Philosophy, and my interests include a broad range of topics in Ancient philosophy and 19th and 20th century Continental philosophy.

CV

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Qualifications

University of Warwick:

MA Continental Philosophy (Distinction)

BA (Hons) Philosophy with Classical Civilisation (2.1)

Responsibilities & affiliations

Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Undergraduate teaching

I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Teaching experience

Graduate Tutor, School of Philosophy, Psychology, and Language Sciences, University of Edinburgh, 2017-18. Post involves teaching small group tutorials, marking essays and exams, and providing both written and face-to-face feedback. Courses taught on:

  • Morality and Value – 2 tutorial groups, Winter 2017
    • The course introduces students to some of the problems and concepts in moral philosophy. The examination of these problems and concepts will develop students' ability to understand and critically evaluate philosophical ideas and arguments.
  • The Greats: From Plato to the Enlightenment - 2 tutorial groups, Spring 2018
    • The course examines the philosophy of four of the ‘Great’ figures in the history of Western philosophy – Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, and Kant. By enhancing their ability to understand a text historically and philosophically the students will come to comprehend the depth and significance of milestones in the history of philosophy.

Graduate Tutor, School of History, Classics, and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh, 2016-18. Post involves teaching small group tutorials, marking essays, and providing both written and face- to-face feedback. Courses taught on:

  • Roman World 1A – 2 tutorial groups, Winter 2016
    • The course covers the political and social history of Rome down to Augustus, together with the material culture, monuments, art, literature and thought of the Romans during this period.
  • Greek World 1B – 2 tutorial groups, Spring 2017
    • The course covers the development and dissemination of Greek culture in Athens and other Greek city states in the period from the Peloponnesian War, to the reign of Alexander the Great and its aftermath, to the period of the rise of Rome.
  •  Greek World 1A – 3 tutorial groups, Winter 2017
    • The course introduces students to the history, society and culture of the ancient Greeks in various periods from the Bronze Age through to Archaic and early Classical eras (down to c. 476 BC).
  • Greek World 1B – 1 tutorial group, Spring 2018
    • The course covers the development and dissemination of Greek culture in Athens and other Greek city states in the period from the Peloponnesian War, to the reign of Alexander the Great and its aftermath, to the period of the rise of Rome.