Patrick Simon Moffett Levy

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Lecturer in Philosophy



Patrick studied Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) at Lincoln College, University of Oxford before moving to University College Dublin for a Masters in Philosophy. Whilst there his interest in phenomenology and sleep began to develop. He was awarded the Magennis Prize for his MA. Following on from his work in Dublin, Patrick undertook PhD research in phenomenology, sleep, and the work of Jean-Luc Nancy at the University of Sussex with supervision from Dr. Paul Davies and Dr. Tanja Staehler. He was awarded his doctorate in 2016 with a thesis entitled Phenomenology and Sleep.

During his PhD research Patrick taught existentialism at Sussex and before coming to lecture at Dundee he taught part-time on courses such as Descartes, Thought and Reality and Plato and the Good Life. Patrick is passionate about teaching and enjoys the whole process of introducing students to philosophy’s myriad methodologies, complex questions, and problematic processes.

His research is focused on the productive meeting of phenomenology, sleep, and deconstruction. His current work aims to open a somnolent phenomenology. This would be a phenomenology without the constitutive wakefulness characteristic of many philosophical approaches. In this context he is interested in those disciplines, distinct from philosophy, which have not been so reticent to discuss and engage with sleep. This has led him to draw on literary, scientific, psychoanalytic, and medical discussions of sleep and the somnolent. He is currently working on a monograph entitled: Touching the Night: Jean-Luc Nancy and Somnolent Phenomenology for SUNY Press’ Contemporary French Thought series.

When not philosophising about sleep and dreaming about philosophising he enjoys martial arts, climbing, and reading literature.



Dr. Patrick Levy’s research interests include the following:

  •  History of Philosophy (Plato, Descartes, and Nietzsche)
  • Phenomenology (in particular, Husserl, Heidegger, Merleau-Ponty, and Levinas)
  • Limit-phenomena (especially, sleep, birth, and death)
  • Modern Continental Philosophy (with a focus on the writings of Jean-Luc Nancy)
  • The Medical Humanities (with a focus on sleep and sleeplessness today)
  • Latin American Philosophy (in particular, its relationship to Modern Continental Philosophy)


Patrick is currently working on the following publications:


Touching the Night: Jean-Luc Nancy and Somnolent Phenomenology (for SUNY Press’ Contemporary French Thought series)


‘Apocalypse Never – Apocalypse as Egoism, or What Husserl and Levinas can Teach Us About Apocalypticism’, Article, Co-authored with Noah Gabriel Martin

Does Dasein Sleep?

Heidegger’s Somnolent Path not Travelled – Heidegger’s 29/30 Lecture Course and the Zoological-Somnological Analogy




Modules Taught:

  • Descartes, Thought and Reality (Descartes, Philosophy of Mind, Introduction to Phenomenology) – PI11007
  • The Philosophies of the Self (The self in Early Modern Philosophy, critiques of ‘the subject’, the self and its limit-phenomena) – PI32022
  • Thinking about life: Existentialism, Life World and Dasein (Life-philosophy, Existentialism, and its critics) – PI21004)
  • Plato and the Good Life (Plato, Aristotle, Hellenic Philosophy, Pierre Hadot, and the question of the good life) – PI11006
  • BMSc International Health Core Skills – ‘How we know what we know?’ (introductory epistemology for medical and biomedical students)


  • 4th year Art and Philosophy Dissertation Projects