Adrian studied philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire where he won a university Humanities Prize in 2004. He continued his studies as a postgraduate at Durham University completing a research MA in 2006.
From 2006 - 2015, he taught undergraduate philosophy at Heythrop College, University of London and from 2011 - 2015 also taught A-level philosophy at Sutton Grammar School, where he was head of department from 2012 - 2015. Adrian is now a guest lecturer for The London School of Philosophy, in addition to running a series of adult education classes in philosophy outside London.
His main philosophical interests include contemporary moral philosophy, the role of the arts in education, philosophical accounts of the concept of human individuality, and the philosophy of the later Wittgenstein. All of Adrian's interests are coloured by a love of the natural world.
Outside of his academic interests, Adrian pursues a love of natural history through conservation work that includes undertaking survey work and analysis, as well as more practical work such as scrub clearance and the construction of dry-stone walls. See also Adrian's Wildlife Blog. He has also worked professionally for the National Trust as a Species Protection Warden in Northumberland and as a Countryside Ranger for the Deadwater Valley Trust in East Hampshire. He currently writes two columns for the Dorking Advertiser Newspaper - one on wildlife and the other on philosophical questions that are raised in local and national news stories.
Adrian also writes music and is currently working on a new string quintet.
'A Reply to Stephen Law's Evil God Challenge' in Philosophy Now (forthcoming)
'Expenses Claim!' (feature article) in Birdwatch Magazine. Vol. 275. May 2015
'The Heat is On!' (feature article on climate change) in Birdwatch Magazine. Vol. 270. December 2014
'Rights and Individuality' in Think! Philosophy for Everyone (a journal of the Royal Institute of Philosophy). Volume 12 - Issue 34 - 2013. Cambridge University Press.
'Memories of a Species Protection Warden' (feature article) in Birdwatch Magazine. Vol.230. August 2011
'Wildlife Watch' weekly columnist for The Dorking Advertiser 2012-2013 & 2015 to present
A Review of Adrian's 'Berceuse'
"The Harris Quartet began and ended their programme at Farnham Castle on February 26th with a piece specially composed for them by Adrian Brockless. He was present to enjoy the sensitive first performance of this charming piece, a gentle 'Berceuse' (cradle song) in a very English style with harmonies reminiscent of Vaughan Williams. The large audience enjoyed it so much they demanded a repeat at the end of the concert.." The Farnham Herald March 2010