Dr James Giles


James Giles studied at the University of British Columbia and the University of Edinburgh. He is Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Roskilde University, Denmark and has also taught at La Trobe University, Australia, the University of Guam, the University of Copenhagen, Aalborg University, Hawaii College of Kansai Gaidai University, Japan, the University of Edinburgh, and in Social Anthropology and Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. He has also travelled widely through India, China, South-East Asia, and the Pacific. The overarching purpose of Giles' work is to create a philosophical psychology that explains the core features of the human condition. The unifying theme in his work is the fundamental role that human awareness, in its diverse modes, plays in that condition. Among Giles's writings are: Sexual Attraction: The Psychology of Allure, The Nature of Sexual DesireNo Self to be Found: The Search for Personal IdentityA Study in Phenomenalism, and The Shell of When (a poetry collection). He is currently working on two books: one on the psychology of infancy and one on Taoist philosophy.

Dr Giles teaches through a combination of lectures and class discussion. His courses are frequently historically based, but always with the primary focus of having students arrive at a philosophical understanding of the subject. For more information visit www.james-giles.com.

Dr Giles has also taught the following courses at Madingley Hall:

  • Buddhism and the Self
  • Introduction to Philosophy: Ethics and Religion
  • Introduction to Philosophy: Knowledge and Reality
  • The Philosophy of Hinduism
  • The Philosophy of Taoism
  • The Philosophy of Zen Buddhism
  • Existentialism
  • The Thought of Heraclitus
  • The Pre-Socratics
  • Personality and Communication

Courses Taught


  • BA (Hons), University of British Columbia
  • MA, University of British Columbia
  • PhD, University of Edinburgh

Associations and memberships

International Association for Relationship Research

Society for Asian and Comparative Philosophy

British Society for the History of Philosophy

Amercian Philosophical Association

American Psychological Association

Research Topics

Philosophical psychology

Metaphysics & Epistemology


Existential Philosophy & Phenomenology

Human Sexuality

Asian thought

Early Greek thought

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