Eli Lichtenstein


  • Philosophy
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Room 13.16

40 George Square, Edinburgh
Post code


Eli joined the University of Edinburgh in 2022. He was previously a Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Michigan, where he completed his PhD.

Undergraduate teaching


Continental Philosophy

Philosophy and the Environment

Postgraduate teaching

Philosophy of Science

Research summary

Interests: anthropocentrism and ecocentrism, objectivity and standpoint, values in science, secularization, modernization, technological control of nature, artistic understanding, environmental art and aesthetics, moral psychology, post-Kantian philosophy (especially Nietzsche)


  1. “Inconvenient Truth and Inductive Risk in COVID-19 Science.” Philosophy of Medicine 3.1 (2022): 1–25. doi: 10.5195/pom.2022.132
  2. “Revaluing Laws of Nature in Secularized Science.” In Yemima Ben-Menahem (Ed.), Rethinking the Concept of Law of Nature: Natural Order in the Light of Contemporary Science (Springer, 2022), 347–377. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-96775-8_13
  3. “(Mis)Understanding Scientific Disagreement: Success versus Pursuit-Worthiness in Theory Choice.” Studies in History and Philosophy of Science 85 (2021): 166–175. doi: 10.1016/j.shpsa.2020.10.005
  4. “Artistic Objectivity: From Ruskin’s ‘Pathetic Fallacy’ to Creative Receptivity.” British Journal of Aesthetics 61.4 (2021): 505–526. doi: 10.1093/aesthj/ayaa041
  5. “How Anti-Humeans Can Embrace a Thermodynamic Reduction of Time’s Causal Arrow.” Philosophy of Science 88.5 (2021): 1161–1171. doi: 10.1086/715514
  6. “Classical Form or Modern Scientific Rationalization? Nietzsche on the Drive to Ordered Thought as Apollonian Power and Socratic Pathology.” Journal of Nietzsche Studies 52.1 (2021): 105–134. doi: 10.5325/jnietstud.52.1.0105
  7. “Nietzsche contra Sublimation.” Journal of the History of Philosophy 58.4 (2020): 755–778. doi: 10.1353/hph.2020.0075
  8. “Sensory Force, Sublime Impact, and Beautiful Form.” British Journal of Aesthetics 59.4 (2019): 449–464. doi: 10.1093/aesthj/ayz033

  9. “The Passions and Disinterest: From Kantian Free Play to Creative Determination by Power, via Schiller and Nietzsche.” Ergo 6 (2019): 249–279. doi:10.3998/ergo.12405314.0006.009