Dr James Giles


James Giles teaches in the Residential Programme and has taught in the International Summer Programmes at ICE. He is also adjunct professor of psychology at Roskilde University, Denmark. He studied at the University of British Columbia and the University of Edinburgh and has taught across the globe including at La Trobe University, Australia; the University of Guam in the Pacific, the University of Copenhagen and Aalborg University, Denmark; Hawaii College of Kansai Gaidai University, Japan; the University of Edinburgh, and in Social Anthropology and Philosophy at the University of Cambridge.

James has travelled widely through India, China, South-east Asia, and the Pacific. More on his biography can be read here.

The overarching purpose of James' 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.

James 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. A TED talk he gave in London can be seen here. Other courses taught by James for ICE include:

Introduction to Philosophy: Religion and Ethics
Introduction to Existentialist Philosophy
Freud: Psychologist and Philosopher
Personality and Communication
Buddhism and the Self
The Philosophy of Zen Buddhism
The Philosophy of Hinduism
The Thought of Heraclitus

For more information visit www.james-giles.com.


Courses Taught



  • Sexual Attraction: The Psychology of Allure, Praeger, 2015.
  • The Shell of When (a collection of poetry), Lulu.com, 2014.
  • (Editor), Kierkegaard and Japanese Thought, Palgrave Macmillan, 2008.
  • The Nature of Sexual Desire, Praeger, 2004, University Press of America, 2008.
  • (Editor) Kierkegaard and Freedom, Palgrave Macmillan/St Martin's Press, 2000.
  • (Editor) French Existentialism: Consciousness, Ethics, and Relations with Others, Rodopi, 1999.
  • No Self to be Found: The Search for Personal Identity, University Press of America, 1997.
  • A Study in Phenomenalism, Aalborg University, 1994
  • Sexual Essays: Gender, Desire, and Nakedness, Hamilton Books, in press.
  • The Way of Awareness: Reflections on Taoist Philosophy, Lexington Books, forthcoming.


  • 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

Philosophy of Religion

Existential Philosophy & Phenomenology


Human Sexuality

Asian thought

Early Greek thought

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Dr James Giles