Researchers at UCD


Christos Hadjioannou

Post Doc Research Fellow Lvl I

School Of Philosophy
James Joyce Library Building
Dublin 4



I was born and raised in Nicosia, Cyprus. After graduating from college, I served in the National Guard for 2 years. I then attended Old Dominion University (Virginia, U.S.A.) where I studied philosophy and psychology. While studying towards my Bachelors degree I became particularly interested in continental and ancient Greek philosophy, notably in the thought of Nietzsche, Heidegger, Derrida and Aristotle. After completing my BA I moved to Coventry (U.K.) where I studied for an MA in Continental Philosophy at the University of Warwick. Whilst at Warwick I got particularly interested in Hegel and the "problem of beginning", which I connected with Heidegger's focus on pre-reflective understanding and moods. My MA dissertation topic was Nietzsche's Aesthetics, supervised by Prof. Keith-Ansell Pearson. After my MA I went back to Cyprus where I worked in commerce for a few years. I returned to academia and attained a PhD in Philosophy from The University of Sussex, supervised by Dr Tanja Staehler. My PhD thesis was entitled The emergence of Moods in Heidegger. During my PhD I spent three semesters at Freie Universität Berlin, under the supervision of Prof. Hilge Landweer, first as Erasmus scholar and then as a recipient of the DAAD fellowship.

My broader interests lie in phenomenology, existentialism, philosophy of affect, ancient Greek philosophy as well as philosophy of technology. I am not a big fan of the analytic-continental divide: I believe in good philosophy.

I try to go the gym as often as I can, and I enjoy snorkeling and skiing. I have one younger brother, Louis, who is finishing his PhD in Biology, and who insists that Aristotle is primarily a biologist. I am engaged to Irene, an anaesthesiologist-intensivist; whilst Irene and I are united by a common perspective on life, our everyday usages of the word "urgent" are separated by an abyss.


Honours and Awards

Year: 2017.
Title: College of Social Sciences and Law Research Funding Scheme Grant
Year: 2016.
Title: The Mind Association Conference Grant
Year: 2016.
Title: University of Cyprus Postdoctoral Fellowship [declined]
Year: 2016.
Title: Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellowship
Year: 2011.
Title: DAAD Research Grant
Year: 2011.
Title: DAAD Grant
Year: 2003.
Title: International Student Leadership Award
Year: 2000.
Title: International Student Scholarship


Year 2015 Institution: University of Sussex
Qualification: PhD Subject: Philosophy
Year 2011 Institution: Freie Universität Berlin
Qualification: RESEARCH FELLOWSHIP (HONORARY) Subject: Philosophy
Year 2006 Institution: Warwick University
Qualification: MA Subject: Continental Philosophy
Year 2004 Institution: Old Dominion University
Qualification: Bachelor of Arts Subject: Philosophy



Book Chapters

Hadjioannou, Christos (2017) 'Anticipating Heidegger's Critique of Technology: Heidegger contra Husserl' In: Hadjioannou, Christos; Wendland J. Aaron; Merwin, Christopher (eds). Heidegger on Technology. London: Routledge. [Details]
Hadjioannou, Christos (2013) 'Befindlichkeit as retrieval of Aristotelian διάθεσις: Heidegger reading Aristotle in the Marburg years' In: Keiling, Tobias (eds). Heideggers Marburger Zeit: Themen, Argumente, Konstellationen. Frankfurt am Main: Klostermann. [Details]

Edited Books

Hadjioannou, Christos; Merwin, Christopher; Wendland, Aaron (Ed.). (2017) Heidegger on Technology. London: Routledge. [Details]

Peer Reviewed Journals

Hadjioannou, Christos (2017) 'What can we do with Heidegger in the twenty-first century?'. Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology, . [DOI] [Details]

Other Journals

Hadjioannou, Christos; Georgakis, Tziovanis (2013) 'On the Criterion of Crisis; Or, on Diacrisis' The European Legacy . [Details]


Research Interests

My broad research interests lie in phenomenology, existentialism, philosophy of affect, ancient Greek philosophy as well as philosophy of technology. I am not a big fan of the analytic-continental divide: I believe in good philosophy.

Currently, I am researching the way neo-Kantian philosophers (notably Paul Natorp and Heinrich Rickert) and Edmund Husserl, as well as Aristotle, shaped Martin Heidegger's early phenomenology. To be more specific: My current research focuses on affect (passions, feelings and moods) in Martin Heidegger's philosophy.

Heidegger offers a systematic re-appraisal of affects affects are not merely subjective, but they are constitutive of the world. Throughout Heidegger's works, affects (especially Angst) constitute the ground for meaningful disclosure and the origin of philosophical understanding.

My research project offers a genealogical-exegetical reconstruction of Heidegger's phenomenology of affect, focusing on his lectures from 1919 leading up to the publication of Being and Time in 1927. The first part of my research project situates Heidegger's account of affects in relation to neo-Kantian challenges to philosophy, as well as in relation to Husserl's phenomenology. It shows how Heidegger inherits the "problem of ground" from neo-Kantian philosophers and Husserl's phenomenological solution to this problem. The second part explores Heidegger's interpretations of St Augustine and Aristotle, where the affective terminology of Being and Time is developed for the first time.

My research work helps resolve persisting issues as regards Heidegger's phenomenology of affect: for example, it explains his focus on Angst in Being and Time, and his subsequent "turn" to other affects, such as "boredom" and "restraint". Commentators have argued that Heidegger¿s emphasis on affect constitutes a break from Husserlian phenomenology, whilst others interpreted his subsequent turn to other affects as a break from his phenomenology. I show how affect resolve methodological problems in Husserl: I identify the weaknesses and show how Heidegger resolves them. I argue that this constitutes a radicalization, rather than a repudiation, of Husserlian insights. I also argue that Heidegger's late philosophy of moods continues in the same transcendental path, and argue -contra the established interpretation- that Heidegger's subsequent shift to other affects is anticipated in earlier phenomenological work. The project is interesting to anyone interested in affective phenomena and how these constitute and determine theoretical and metaphysical understanding.