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Institute of Medieval and Early Modern Studies


The list below shows Durham University research staff who are members of IMEMS. Click the member's name to see a more detailed biography and department.

We also welcome anyone from outside the University with an interest in our work to join. Membership is free of charge. You will receive invitations to our programme of events, with a weekly emails digest about what is happening in the Insitute and further afield. To join IMEMS contact:

Professor Geoffrey Scarre, BA, MA, PhD

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I am a Professor at Durham Philosophy Department where I specialise in a broad range of issues concerning moral philosophy.  I have an abiding interest in utilitarianism and the philosophy of John Stuart Mill and have also written on the subject of death which I considered from both an historical point of view and across a broad spectrum of different thinkers. 

My most recent research has focussed on the notion of courage and also on the ethics of archaeology.  As such, I have founded and am the Co-Director of the Durham University Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage.  This is an inter-disciplinary body of academics from Durham - predominantly  from Philosophy and Archaeology - aiming to develop rigorous and systematic analysis of the ethically complex and, at times, politically charged, issue of cultural heritage.

Undergraduate Teaching

Postgraduate Teaching

Administrative Duties

  • Tutor-Manager
  • I do not keep office hours as such but students are welcome to call on me during working hours or to email me for an appointment.

Research Interests

  • Death
  • Ethics of Archaeology
  • Evil
  • Forgiveness
  • John Stuart Mill
  • Moral responsibility
  • Utilitarianism

Teaching Areas

  • Applied Ethics
  • Moral Theory

Selected Publications

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