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Department of Philosophy


SectionNamePositionResearch Interests
Academic Staff: Dr Alexander Carruth Assistant Professor
  • Metaphysics
  • Ontology
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Science
Prof Nancy Cartwright Professor/Co-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 Christopher Cowie Assistant Professor
  • Epistemology
  • Metaethics
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Political Philosophy
Dr Jeremy Dunham Assistant Professor
  • Early Modern Philosophy
  • Habit
  • Idealism
  • Nineteenth-Century French Philosophy
  • Pragmatism
Dr Matthew Daniel Eddy Associate Professor (Reader)/Chair DEC
  • History and Philosophy of the Humanities
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • History and Philosophy of Medicine
  • The Scottish Enlightenment
Professor 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/Director of Research
  • History and philosophy of chemistry and its relationship to physics
  • The relationship between history and philosophy of science
Dr Simon Paul James Associate Professor/Deputy Dir DEC
  • Environmental philosophy
  • Existential phenomenology
  • Buddhist philosophy
Dr. Clare Mac Cumhaill Assistant Professor
  • Philosophy of Perception
Professor Holger Maehle Professor/Director of UG Studies
  • ethical issues in the history of medicine
  • history of medicine and the life sciences
  • history of pharmacology
  • history of stem cell research
Professor Anna Marmodoro Professor/Director PG Studies
  • Ancient, late antiquity and medieval philosophy
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Religion
Dr Liz McKinnell Teaching Fellow
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Moral Psychology
  • Phenomenology
  • Philosophy and Literature
  • Political Philosophy
Prof. Stephen Mumford Professor of Metaphysics (On Research Leave)
  • Metaphysics (esp. absences and causal powers)
  • Philosophy of Medicine
  • History of Philosophy (esp. Ancient Philosophy and Hume)
  • Philosophy of Sport
  • Modality
Dr Andreas Pantazatos Teaching Fellow
  • Applied Ethics (Cultural Heritage Ethics and Business Ethics), Normative Ethics, Philosophy of Social Science, Professional Ethics
Dr Wendy Parker Associate Professor
  • 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/Co-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 Assistant Professor/Director Philosophy MA and Grad Dip
  • Ethics and Moral philosophy
  • History of Philosophy
  • Phenomenology
  • Philosophy of Psychiatry
Dr Adam Stewart-Wallace Teaching Fellow
  • Metaethics
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophical Logic
  • Philosophy of Language
Dr Richard Stopford Teaching Fellow
  • Aesthetics, Adorno, Critical Theory, Post-Kantian Philosophy, Contemporary Metaphysics
Dr Emily Thomas Assistant Professor
  • Space and time
  • Early modern metaphysics
  • Early twentieth century metaphysics
  • Women in the history of philosophy
  • Philosophy of travel
Dr Matthew Tugby Associate Professor
  • 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 Assistant Professor
  • Mathematical Logic
  • Medieval Logic
  • Modal Logic
  • Onomastics
  • Philosophical Logic
  • Philosophy of Fiction
  • Philosophy of Language
Dr Peter Vickers Associate Professor (Reader)
  • 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
Research Staff: 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 Nicholas Hughes Junior Research Fellow -
Emeritus Staff: Professor DE Cooper Emeritus Professor
  • Aesthetics
  • Asian philosophy
  • environmental philosophy
  • history of philosophy
  • modern European philosophy
Associated Staff: Prof. George Boys-Stones -
Professor Thom Brooks Associate
  • Asylum and Refugee Law
  • Behavioural Economics
  • Brexit
  • British Politics
  • Capabilities
  • Citizenship
  • Constitutional Law
  • Criminal Justice
  • Criminal Law
  • Global Justice & Human Rights
  • Immigration Law & Policy
  • Jurisprudence
  • Political Philosophy
  • Public Policy
  • Restorative Justice
  • Sentencing
  • Stakeholder Theory
  • Strategic Communication
Professor Martyn Evans Associate Member -
Dr Phillip Horky
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Greek Literature
  • Intellectual History
  • Greece and the Near East
  • Ancient Italy and Sicily
Professor Ludmilla Jordanova Associate -
Dr Gerald Moore Associate
  • Philosophy of Technology
  • Philosophy of Addiction
  • Philosophy of Biology and the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis
  • Post-Marxist political theory
  • 20th- and 21st-century continental philosophy
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 Angela Woods Associate
  • Critical Medical Humanities
  • Voice-Hearing - Phenomenology
  • Voice-Hearing - Hermeneutics
  • Narrative approaches to mental health
  • Interdisciplinary Research & Practice
Mrs Anjli Ansari Research and Postgraduate Coordinator (p/t)
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
Miss Ruth Smith Undergraduate Coordinator (P/T)