Alan Murray has spent most of his adult life studying and teaching philosophy. After completing an M.A in philosophy at Warwick University, he began his doctoral thesis there before completing it at Middlesex University. Since then, he has taught at various universities in and around London, including Middlesex, Greenwich, North London (now London Metropolitan), and at Goldsmiths, University of London. During this time, he wrote numerous reviews and essays for academic journals and presented papers at conferences. He is the author of two books on French philosophers: Michel Serres: A Brief Introduction (March 2015), and An Introduction to René Girard (forthcoming June 2018), both of which are aimed at senior undergraduates and postgraduate students. He has also written a tongue-in-cheek self-help book called The Little book of Pessimism which consists of an introductory essay on the psychological benefits of adopting a gloomy outlook, and a compendium of quotations, ranging from the hilarious (Woody Allen) to the profound (Schopenhauer). He is currently working on an Introduction to Philosophy for the general reader.
Alongside his research and writing on philosophy, Alan is also a poet. His debut poetry collection, Perhaps, was published by Acumen to glowing reviews (see http://www.alanmurraypoet.com). He is also one of the organisers of Enfield Poets at the Dugdale Theatre, and co-ordinator of the Enfield Poets stanza group. In addition, he hosts workshops at the Dugdale Theatre and teaches a regular creative writing class for poets.
Alan has always had a passion for teaching and excels at presenting difficult ideas in a way that everyone can understand. The Enfield Philosophy Café is part of his mission to get everyone involved in the exciting world of ideas and show them how their lives can be enriched through reason and reflection.