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Dr Vicky Roupa

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Dr Vicky Roupa is an Honorary Associate in Philosophy at the Open University. She studied philosophy at the University of Sussex earning her DPhil with a thesis on Hegel and political philosophy. She has taught at the universities of Sussex and Hertfordshire and at the Open University.

Research interests

My main research interests are in 19th century German philosophy (esp. Hegel) and ancient Greek philosophy (esp. Plato). I have also published in contemporary continental philosophy and the intersection of philosophy and literature.

Selected Publications

Authored Book

Articulations of Nature and Politics in Plato and Hegel (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).

  • Examines nature as a foundational concept for political and constitutional theory
  • Draws on readings of Plato and Hegel to counter the view that optimal political arrangements are determined by nature
  • Offers innovative re-interpretations of a number of key texts by Plato and Hegel to highlight the metaphysics and political implications of nature's dialectical structure


  • Praise for the book by Gary Browning, Professor of Political Thought, Oxford Brookes University:

“Hegel and Plato are towering figures in the history of philosophy, but often readers puzzle over what they are saying. There are very few books that deal with them clearly and intelligently. Hardly any that do so jointly. This book is exceptional in offering a clear, scholarly and intelligent guide to their work. It focuses upon how Plato and Hegel deal with nature. While recognising the subtlety of Plato and Hegel on nature, Vicky Roupa establishes a nuanced yet clear exposition of their thought. The bonus is that the books is written in a highly readable style. This is a great book!”

  • Review of the book in the Hegel Bulletin (Journal of the Hegel Society of Great Britain) by Giulia Valpione.


Peer-reviewed articles

'Bodies in Public Spaces: Questioning the Boundary Between the Public and the Private', Critical Horizons: A Journal of Philosophy and Social Theory Vol. 23, No. 4 (2022), pp. 346-360.
  • examines the connection between politics and public space at a time when photography has put the distinction between public and private in question
  • focusses on the body in the work of Hannah Arendt and tWeimar photojournalist Erich Salomon
  • argues for an understanding of the body as an aesthetic object and a site where public and private criss-cross and intersect.

'Closing the Feedback Loop: Strategies for Increasing Student Engagement With Remotely Delivered Feedback'. Teaching Philosophy Vol. 44, No. 3 (September 2021), pp. 319-38, special issue: "Teaching in a Time of Crisis".

  • looks at how feedback is received and interpreted by students and how it can become integrated in a comprehensive plan for supporting philosophy students
  • is especially relevant in post-Covid-19 educational settings, where face-to-face contact is limited and feedback is delivered remotely
  • discusses tools for eliciting students’ responses to feedback and addressing feelings of impersonality and isolation amongst students

'On Politics as Effectuation: Jean-Luc Nancy’s Encounter with the Hegelian Monarch', Journal for Cultural Research Vol. 9, No. 4 (October 2005).

Book Chapter

 ‘Foolhardy yet Courageous: Is There Such A Thing As Quixotic Virtue?’ in G. Hagberg (ed.) Fictional Worlds and the Moral Imagination (London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2021).

Book Reviews

William Desmond, Hegel's Antiquity. In Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2021/06/08.

Coleen P. Zoller, Plato and the Body: Reconsidering Socratic Asceticism. In Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 2019/02/29.

Dennis King Keenan, (ed.), Hegel and Contemporary Continental Philosophy. In Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology vol. 38, no. 3 (2007): 329-331.

Johann Gottlieb Fichte, Foundations of Natural Right, trans. M. Baur. In Studies in Social and Political Thought 7 (2002): 129-135.

Jean-Luc Nancy, The Speculative Remark: (One of Hegel’s Bons Mots), trans. Céline Surprenant in Textual Practice, vol. 16, no. 2 (2002): 424-8.

Teaching interests

During my time at the University of Hertfordshire I lectured on a number of courses including ‘Hegel’s Phenomenology of Spirit’, ‘Plato’s Republic’ and ‘Theory of Knowledge’. At the Open University I tutored on AZX103 An Introduction to the Humanities, AA100 Arts Past and Present, AA311 Reading Political Philosophy Machiavelli to Mill, and A222 Exploring Philosophy. I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and have conducted research on how tutors can improve their provision of written feedback to student assignments.


Bodies in Public Spaces: Questioning the Boundary Between the Public and the Private (2022)
Roupa, Vicky
Critical Horizons A Journal of Philosophy and Social Theory ((Early Access))

Closing the Feedback Loop: Strategies for Increasing Student Engagement With Remotely Delivered Feedback (2021-09)
Roupa, Vicky
Teaching Philosophy, 44(3) (pp. 319-338)

[Book Review] William Desmond, Hegel's antiquity. Classical presences. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020. pp. 416. (2021)
Roupa, Vicky
Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Articulations of Nature and Politics in Plato and Hegel (2020-09-03)
Roupa, Vicky
ISBN : 9783030521264 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : London

Foolhardy Yet Courageous: Is There Such a Thing as Quixotic Virtue? (2020-12-12)
Roupa, Vicky
In: Hagberg, Garry ed. Fictional Worlds and the Moral Imagination (pp. 19-38)
ISBN : 978-3-030-55049-3 | Publisher : Palgrave Macmillan | Published : London

The Talk You Wish Your Tutors Had Attended (And Your Students Will Be Glad That You Did) (2021)
Roupa, Vicky
In : Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference (1-2 Dec 2021, The Open University, Milton Keynes, United Kingdom)