Nathalie Oddy

I took my undergraduate degree in Philosophy and French at Oxford and read for an M.St in Modern Languages (French), also at Oxford, funded by a Clarendon Scholarship.  I spent the 2017-2018 academic year at the École normale supérieure in Paris, where I attended seminars of the ENS Interdisciplinary Research Masters in Cognitive sciences (« Cogmaster ») among others, and in parallel I taught a variety of courses at Université Paris-Nanterre. 


My doctoral project, funded by a Brasenose College-Zaharoff D.Phil Award, seeks to assess the usefulness and limits of a cognitively-inflected literary criticism for reading a landmark Renaissance thinker, Montaigne. My work examines how the concept of consubstantiality — and variants of this concept such as prosthesis — relate both to early modern understandings of cognition and embodiment and to contemporary theories of embodied, extended or enactive cognition in the theory/ philosophy of mind.


In the course of the 2018-2019 academic year I will be teaching/ co-teaching the following to undergraduates:

Prelims: Paper III (short texts); Paper IV (French narrative fiction)
FHS: Paper III (translation from pre-modern French)

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