Jules Sheldon

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Graduate Student


St. George,


  • BA (Hons), University of Sydney (Philosophy)
  • MPhil, University of Sydney (Philosophy)

Jules is a PhD student currently looking at the ways in which arational processes such as shared narratives, emotions, social imaginaries, and myths shape what we think of as politically possible. In his perspective, our engagement with the world is inevitably shaped by the intertwining stories and myths we share, and so radical political reform of any kind must be accompanied by new ways of collectively imagining ourselves and our world. He is specifically interested in applying this idea to prison abolitionism, for instance by thinking through how our concept of criminality justifies the institution of the prison. Another topic of application is sexual desire, for instance by examining how our sexual desires are shaped by sociopolitical forces and might be collectively re-imagined for the better.

Jules has further interests in Baruch Spinoza, feminist philosophy, aesthetics, and meta-normativity.

Research Interests:

Aesthetics, Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy of Sex, Social and Political Philosophy, Spinoza