Social philosopher and critic of neo-Kantianism and post-modernism. She was known as a forceful defendant of Hegel's speculative thought.
She studied at St Hilda's College in Oxford. She was inspired by her Philosophy professor Jean Austin.
Her dissertation was on Theodor W. Adorno and was supervised by Leszek Kolakowski. She taught at the University of Warwick from 1989 until 1995.
She had one sister, two half-sisters, and one half-brother. She converted to Christianity on her deathbed.
She knew she would become a philosopher when she read Pensées by Blaise Pascal and Plato's The Republic at age 17.