Department of Philosophy
David Egan was born and raised in Vancouver, Canada, and has lived and studied in Canada, the US, England, and Germany. He received a DPhil in philosophy from Oxford in 2012. His research falls on both sides of the analytic-continental divide, and he has a particular interest in the later philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein. His current book project, entitled Playing on the Rough Ground: Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and the Ordinary builds on his doctoral thesis. It explores the echoes between Wittgenstein's appeal to ordinary language and the existential phenomenology of Being and Time, developing a conception of unregulated play as central to Wittgenstein's method. He has published (with Routledge) a co-edited collection of essays on Wittgenstein and Heidegger and peer-reviewed journal articles on Wittgenstein, Heidegger, ordinary language philosophy, and aesthetics. Other central areas of interest include the philosophy of literature and animal studies. David is also a playwright, with work professionally produced on both sides of the Atlantic.