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Department of Philosophy


SectionNamePositionResearch Interests
Academic Staff: Dr Alexander Carruth Lecturer
  • Medieval Philosopy
  • Metaphysics
  • Ontology
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Science
Prof Nancy Cartwright Professor/Director of CHESS Centre
  • History and philosophy of science (especially physics and economics)
  • The philosophy of social technology
  • Causal inference
  • Objectivity in science
  • Evidence, especially for evidence-based policy
Dr Andrew Cooper Teaching Fellow
  • Kant
  • Post-Kantian Idealism
  • Aesthetics
  • Philosophy of biology
Dr Matthew Daniel Eddy Reader/Chair DEC
  • History and Philosophy Science (especially environmental science)
  • History of Objectivity
  • The History of Knowledge
  • The Scottish Enlightenment
  • Darwinism and Childhood
  • Science and the Visual Arts, 1750-present
Dr Sylvie Gambaudo Lecturer/Director UG Studies
  • Gender theory
  • Judith Butler's work on queer identities
  • Sexualities
  • The work of Julia Kristeva, especially on the failure of the paternal function
Dr Sophie Gibb Head of Department
  • Metaphysics, in particular, the categories of being, causation, laws and powers.
  • The philosophy of mind, in particular, the mental causation debate.
Professor Andy Hamilton Professor/Chair BoE
  • Aesthetics
  • History of 19th and 20th century philosophy
  • Philosophy of mind especially self-consciousness
  • Political Philosophy especially liberalism and conservatism
  • Wittgenstein
Professor Robin Hendry Professor (On Research Leave) -
Professor Wolfram Hinzen Professor -
Dr Simon Paul James Reader/Director PG Studies
  • Environmental philosophy
  • Existential phenomenology
  • Buddhist philosophy
Dr Cheryl Lancaster Teaching Fellow
  • Ethical Issues in Medicine and the Life Sciences
  • Fraud and Misconduct in Science
  • History and Philosophy of Life Sciences
  • History of Medicine
  • History of Science
Dr. Clare Mac Cumhaill Lecturer
  • Philosophy of Perception
Professor Holger Maehle Professor/HPSM MA Director/Director of Research
  • ethical issues in the history of medicine
  • history of medicine and the life sciences
  • history of pharmacology
  • history of stem cell research
Prof. Anna Marmodoro Professor of Metaphysics (On Research Leave) -
Dr Elizabeth McKinnell Teaching Fellow/Acting Admissions Tutor
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Moral Psychology
  • Phenomenology
  • Philosophy and Literature
  • Political Philosophy
Prof. Stephen Mumford Professor of Metaphysics (On Research Leave) -
Dr Andreas Pantazatos Teaching Fellow -
Dr Wendy Parker Reader/Director Graduate Diploma
  • Philosophy of Science (especially computer simulation, evidence)
  • Philosophical Issues in Climate Science & Meteorology
  • Science and Public Policy
Dr Olley Pearson Teaching Fellow
  • Mind, Language, and Metaphysics
  • Aesthetics, Ethics, and Politics
Professor Julian Reiss Professor/Director of CHESS Centre
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Economics
  • Philosophy of Medicine
  • Scientific methods, in particular modelling, experimentation, simulation, thought experiments, regression analysis
  • Causality and evidence
  • Organisation of scientific inquiry
Professor Geoffrey Scarre Professor
  • Death
  • Ethics of Archaeology
  • Evil
  • Forgiveness
  • John Stuart Mill
  • Moral responsibility
  • Utilitarianism
Dr Benedict Smith Lecturer/Director Philosophy MA (On Research Leave)
  • Ethics and Moral philosophy
  • History of Philosophy
  • Phenomenology
  • Philosophy of Psychiatry
Dr Richard Stopford Teaching Fellow
  • Aesthetics, Adorno, Critical Theory, Post-Kantian Philosophy, Contemporary Metaphysics
Dr Emily Thomas Lecturer/Acting Director Philosophy MA
  • Space and time
  • Early modern metaphysics
  • Early twentieth century metaphysics
  • Women in the history of philosophy
Dr Matthew Tugby Lecturer
  • Metaphysics (especially the topics of essence, identity and individuation, modality, ontological dependence, properties and substance)
  • Metaphysics of Science (especially the topics of causation, chance, dispositions, laws and natural kinds)
Dr Sara L. Uckelman Lecturer
  • Mathematical Logic
  • Medieval Logic
  • Modal Logic
  • Onomastics
  • Philosophical Logic
  • Philosophy of Fiction
  • Philosophy of Language
Dr Peter Vickers Senior Lecturer (On Research Leave)
  • Scientific realism/anti-realism
  • Confirmation theories
  • Evidence
  • Inconsistency in science
  • The relationship between history of science and philosophy of science
  • Eliminativism and pluralism about concepts
Prof Alison Wylie Professor
  • Philosophy of social and historical science: evidential reasoning, objectivity, values in science
  • Feminist philosophy of science
  • Research ethics, non-medical
  • Archaeological method and theory
Research Staff: Dr Derya Cokal Research Associate -
Dr Felicity Deamer Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Hearing the Voice)
  • Delusions in Psychosis
  • Figurative Language
  • Linguistics
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Psychiatry
  • Pragmatics
  • Psychopathology
  • Voice Hearing
Dr Katherine Furman Postdoctoral Research Fellow (K4U) -
Dr Gabriel Sevilla Research Associate -
Dr Rachael Wiseman Addison Wheeler Fellow
  • 20th Century Women Philosophers
  • Action
  • Elizabeth Anscombe
  • Integrity and Pretence
  • Philanthropy
  • Philosophy of Mind and Action
  • Self-Consciousness and 'I'
  • Wittgenstein
  • Ethics
  • Dreaming
Emeritus Staff: Professor DE Cooper Emeritus Professor
  • Aesthetics
  • Asian philosophy
  • environmental philosophy
  • history of philosophy
  • modern European philosophy
Professor David M. Knight Emeritus Professor of the History and Philosophy of Science
  • history and bibliography of science between about 1600 and 1900
  • history of popular science
  • nineteenth-century chemistry, including biography of Humphry Davy.
  • science & spirituality in the 19th century
Associated Staff: Prof. George Boys-Stones -
Professor Thom Brooks Associate
  • Asylum and Refugee Law
  • Behavioural Economics
  • British Politics
  • Capabilities
  • Citizenship
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Global Justice & Human Rights
  • Immigration Law & Policy
  • Jurisprudence
  • Political Philosophy
  • Public Policy
  • Restorative Justice
  • Sentencing
  • Stakeholder Theory
  • Strategic Communication
Dr Stefano Catelan Associate -
Professor Martyn Evans Associate Member -
Dr Phillip Horky -
Professor Ludmilla Jordanova Associate -
Dr Gerald Moore Associate -
Professor Max Paddison
  • Adorno and Critical Theory
  • Aesthetics and sociology of music
  • Concepts of the avant-garde, modernism and postmodernism
  • Contemporary music
  • Interdisciplinary interests in philosophy, cultural studies, popular music studies, film music, music and theatre (especially Brecht)
  • Marxism and music
  • Nineteenth- and twentieth-century music
  • Theories of musical performance and reproduction
Dr Lutz D.H. Sauerteig
  • History of Bodies
  • History of Sexualities
  • History of Public Health in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • History of Medical Ethics in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • History of Venereal Diseases/STIs
Dr Angela Woods Associate
  • Critical Medical Humanities
  • Voice-Hearing - Phenomenology
  • Voice-Hearing - Hermeneutics
  • Narrative approaches to mental health
  • Interdisciplinary Research & Practice
Mrs Jean Best U/G Admissions Secretary
Mrs Nicola Craigs Administrator - CHESS Centre (p/t)
Mr Jonathon Gilderoy Postgraduate Secretary
Mr Adrian Harris Administrator/Outreach Officer (Knowledge for Use: K4U)
Mrs Jill Lockey Departmental Administrator

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