Dr Louise Braddock

Praelector


Research Themes

I was a psychiatrist by training before becoming a philosopher, and my research is in the philosophy of psychoanalysis. I work especially on the concept of identification, particularly in relation to the imagination and to Smith and Hume’s concept of sympathy. I also work on other psychoanalytic concepts with practising psychoanalysts, and on psychoanalysis as a social science.


Responsibilities

I teach some core Philosophy subjects, in particular Metaphysics.


Other

I am one of Girton’s two Praelectors, a job I share with Josh Slater. Girton graduates taking their degree in person are presented by the Praelector (who speaks in Latin!) to the Vice-Chancellor or his deputy at a Congregation of the Regent House. The ceremony is carefully orchestrated by the University officers at the Senate House, and I still find it exciting after nearly 10 years. Whether the ceremony marks the end of undergraduate-hood with the admission to the BA, or marks the achievement of a postgraduate degree, it is the culminating moment of the student’s time at Girton. Beforehand there is a full dress rehearsal in College and, depending on the time of the ceremony, there is a lunch for graduands and their families. It is part of the particular pleasure of being a Praelector to meet family members, who may have come some distance and indeed often from abroad, and to share their enjoyment of the day.

Outside Girton, I am an Associate Member of the Philosophy Faculty at the University of Oxford, where I teach the philosophy of social science.

I am also the Director of Research of the Independent Social Research Foundation, which supports research in the social sciences.


College Role

Bye-Fellow

Degrees, Awards and Prizes

MA, MB, BChir, MD, MA (Reading), PhD (Reading) (Philosophy)