Claire was born in Essex. In 1990 she obtained her doctorate in Philosophy at Oxford University. Her doctoral thesis on the Philosophy of Mind was subsequently published as a book entitled 'Varieties of Affect'. Claire also has degrees in Psychology and Counselling Psychology. After finishing her doctorate, Claire remained in Oxfordshire where she taught Philosophy for the Open University and worked as a counsellor. She now writes and edits for West England Bylines and is co-ordinator for the Oxfordshire branch of the progressive campaign group, Compass.
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