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Matthew King is a PhD candidate at the University of Bristol. His PhD focuses upon understanding and modifying the Kantian view of sexual ethics and particularly of BDSM relationships.

Matthew also does research in contemporary Continental philosophy, especially upon the work of Jean Baudrillard. Other research interests include the philosophy of medicine, philosophy of the environment and philosophy of warfare.

He has a forthcoming paper concerning a set of identifiable characteristics of modern conflict which he unifies under the concept of "dissimulation". The paper presents contemporary conflict as something marked by a confusion of actual and virtual states, a greater indeterminacy with regards to its location, an abandonment of clear distinctions between civilian and enemy, and an increased deniability of the instigator as well as their capability for control of the conflict's trajectory. The paper suggests these characteristics are strongly related to tendencies which exist within our contemporary technologies and our relationship with them. 


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