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Dr Todd Mei

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy

Head of Department

Office: Cornwallis George Allen Wing 120

Office Hours: Monday 10-11am, or by appointment


Dr Todd Mei obtained his bachelor's degree in English literature from the University of California, Berkeley. After making a feature-length independent film with co-director Steve Edwards and editor Alan E. Bell, he worked as a claims adjuster for Chubb & Son and as a general manager for Boulders climbing gym. In 2008, he received his PhD under the supervision of Professor Jeremy Carrette (Kent) in the philosophy of work. From 2008 to 2012, Dr Mei was a lecturer in the philosophy and religious studies departments at the University of Kent, and from 2012 to 2015, he was a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Dundee.

Current research interests include: i) a phenomenological understanding of the meaning of land and how it relates to questions of well being, dwelling and economic justice; ii) understanding the notion of work according to analogies to discourse and metaphor; and iii) the development of a hermeneutical theory of truth in relation to the work of Paul Ricoeur.

Dr Mei is President of the Society for Ricoeur Studies and an Editorial Board Member for the journal Études Ricoeuriennes/Ricoeur Studies.

Personal interests include birthday challenges, climbing, windsurfing and the occasional archaeological excavation (if his trowelling skills are up to scratch).

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Mei, T. (2017). Land and the Given Economy: An Essay in the Hermeneutics and Phenomenology of Dwelling. [Online]. Evanston, IL, USA: Northwestern University Press. Available at:
Mei, T. (2009). Heidegger, Work, and Being. [Online]. London: Continuum. Available at:
Edited book
Mei, T. and Lewin, D. eds. (2012). From Ricoeur to Action: The Socio-Political Significance of Ricoeur's Thinking. London: Continuum.
Mei, T. (2018). The Poetics of Meaningful Work: an Analogy to Speech Acts. Philosophy and Social Criticism [Online] 45:50-70. Available at:
Mei, T. (2015). Heidegger in the Machine: The Difference between Techne and Mechane. Continental Philosophy Review [Online]:1. Available at:
Mei, T. (2014). The Relevance of an Existential Conception of Nature. Cosmos and History: The Journal of Natural and Social Philosophy [Online] 10:138-157. Available at:
Mei, T. (2014). Are Reasons Enough? Sen and Ricoeur on the Idea of Impartiality. Dialogue [Online] 53:243-270. Available at:
Mei, T. (2011). An Economic Turn: A Hermeneutical Reinterpretation of Political Economy with Respect to the Question of Land. Research in Phenomenology [Online] 14:297-326. Available at:;jsessionid=4on4mo6olsp53.x-brill-live-02.
Mei, T. (2009). Economy of the Gift: Rethinking the Role of Land Enclosure in Political Economy. Modern Theology [Online] 25:441-468. Available at:
Mei, T. (2009). Heidegger and the Appropriation of Metaphysics. Heythrop Journal [Online] 50:257-270. Available at:
Mei, T. (2009). The Pre-eminence of Use: Reinterpreting the Relation between Use and Exchange in Aristotle's Economic Thinking. Journal of the History of Philosophy 47:523-548.
Mei, T. (2008). Heidegger and Teilhard de Chardin: The Convergence of History and Future. Modern Theology 24:75-101.
Mei, T. (2007). Justice and the Banning of the Poets: The Way of Hermeneutics in Plato's Republic. Review of Metaphysics 60:755-778.
Mei, T. (2007). Insurance in Between: A Critique of Liability Insurance and Its Principles. Literature and Theology [Online] 21:82-98. Available at:
Mei, T. (2006). Form and Figure: Paul Ricoeur and the Rehabilitation of Human Work. Journal of French Philosophy 16:57-70.
Mei, T. (2006). Commitment and Communication: The Aesthetics of Receptivity and Historicity. Contemporary Aesthetics [Online] 4:30-30. Available at:
Book section
Mei, T. (2017). Paul Ricoeur: Building on the Ruins of Atheism. in: Goodchild, P. and Phelps, H. eds. Religion and European Philosophy: Key Thinkers from Kant to Žižek. London: Routledge, pp. 294-306. Available at:
Mei, T. (2016). Constructing Ricoeur's Hermeneutical Theory of Truth. in: Davidson, S. and Vallée, M. -A. V. eds. Hermeneutics and Phenomenology in Paul Ricoeur: Between Text and Phenomenon. Dordrecht, the Netherlands: Springer, pp. 197-215. Available at:
Mei, T. (2015). Convictions and Justification. in: Paul Ricoeur in the Age of Hermeneutical Reason: Poetics, Praxis, and Critique. Lanhan, MD, USA: Lexington (Rowman Littlefield), pp. 99-124. Available at:
Mei, T. (2013). "Ricoeur and the Symbolism of Sainthood: From Imitation to Innovation,". in: Dickinson, C. ed. Postmodern Saints of France: Refiguring 'the Holy' in Contemporary French Philosophy. London: Bloomsbury, pp. 139-152. Available at:
Mei, T. (2012). Ricoeur Economicus: Can Market Exchange Involve Mutual Recognition? in: Johnson, G. and Stiver, D. eds. Paul Ricoeur and the Task of Political Philosophy. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield: Lexington Books, pp. 65-84. Available at:
Mei, T. (2012). Introduction. in: Mei, T. and Lewin, D. eds. From Ricoeur to Action: The Socio-Political Significance of Ricoeur's Thinking. London: Continuum, pp. 1-16. Available at:
Mei, T. (2013). Review of Deleuze and Ricoeur: Disavowed Affinities and the Narrative Self. Philosophical Quarterly [Online] 63:612-614. Available at:
Mei, T. (2013). Review of Heidegger and the Measure of Truth. Philosophical Quarterly [Online] 64:193-195. Available at:
Mei, T. (2012). Review of Mortal Subjects: Passions of the Soul in Late Twentieth-Century French Thought. Journal of European Studies [Online] 42:7-9. Available at:
Mei, T. (2012). Review of The Making of the Economy: A Phenomenology of Economic Science. Philosophy in Review [Online] 32:462-464. Available at:
Mei, T. (2011). Review of Debating God's Economy: Social Justice in America on the Eve of Vatican II. International Journal of Public Theology [Online] 5:367-368. Available at:
Mei, T. (2010). Review of The End of Work: Theological Critiques of Capitalism. International Journal for Public Theology 4:373-374.
Mei, T. (2010). Review of Paul Ricoeur between Theology and Philosophy. Philosophy in Review [Online] 30:389-392. Available at:
Mei, T. (2010). Review of The Metaphysics of Capitalism in Marx and Philosophy. Marx & Philosophy Review of Books [Online]:1-6. Available at:
Total publications in KAR: 30 [See all in KAR]
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Dr Mei teaches existentialism, normative ethics, and the philosophy of work. He is happy to supervise dissertations on philosophical hermeneutics (Heidegger, Gadamer, Ricoeur), existential phenomenology, the philosophy of economics, the philosophy of work, and topics in ethics relating to virtue and capability.

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Philosophy, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 12/09/2018