James Giles

James Giles


  • Universitetsvej 1, 45.2

    DK-4000 Roskilde


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James Giles studied at the University of British Columbia and at the University of Edinburgh, where he gained a doctorate in philosophy. He is also part-time Lecturer in the University of Cambridge Institute for Continuing Education. He has taught at several universities in Canada, the United Kingdom, Australia, Guam, Hawaii, and Denmark, and has also travelled extensively through India, China, South-East Asia, and the Pacific. Giles’ writings on philosophical psychology, metaphysics, and human relationships, are widely discussed. He is best known for his version of the no-self theory of personal identity, the vulnerability and care theory of love, the idea of sexual desire as an existential need, and  the naked love theory of human evolution. He is also on the Editorial Board of Personal Relationships, journal of the International Association for Relationship Research. Author to several works, Giles’ is typically interdisciplinary and intercultural in his research, drawing on such areas as philosophy, psychology, anthropology, and biology, while exploring their expression in different cultures. Only through such an approach, argues Giles, can we hope to understand the human condition.


Web Links 

www.james-giles.com (Personal website)

Social Psychology Network (Personal profile)

Books (Amazon author's page)

Love, vulnerability, and care (TED.com video, London)

The naked love theory (La Trobe University podcast, Melbourne)

Hairless skin and romantic love (Science of Relationships post)


New book by James Giles

READ THE INTERVIEW: The science of love and attraction


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