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Department of Philosophy


Dr Liz McKinnell

Teaching Fellow in the Department of Philosophy
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 33 46561

Contact Dr Liz McKinnell

My office hours are on Wednesdays froom 9am-11am during term time only. Please contact me to arrange an alternative meeting if you are not available during this time.

I started my undergraduate degree in philosophy at the University of St Andrews, although it might be fair to say that I didn’t really start studying philosophy in earnest until 2002, when I came to the astounding conclusion (helped by John Haldane, Elizabeth Ashford and John Skorupski, among others) that the subject might just be as much fun as the pub. I enjoyed the opportunities that the Scottish university system provided to study a broad range of subjects outside of my main degree subject, ranging in my case from social anthropology to astrophysics.
In 2004, I returned to my home town of Durham to study for a taught MA. My dissertation was on the cheerful topic of moral obligations to the dead, supervised by Geoffrey Scarre. I enjoyed the MA so much I stayed on for a PhD, supervised by Simon James and David Cooper, examining the relationship between environmental ethics and theories of rights in political philosophy. During this time I learned the real value of communicating philosophical ideas. I delivered seminars and lectures at Durham in philosophy of religion, ethics and political philosophy between 2006 and 2011, as well as exchanging ideas with people both within and outside of my discipline at conferences and workshops. I graduated from my PhD in 2010 and moved to UEA in 2011, before returning to Durham in 2014.

Research Interests

  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Moral Psychology
  • Phenomenology
  • Philosophy and Literature
  • Political Philosophy


Chapter in book

  • McKinnell, Elizabeth (Accepted). Mary Midgley. In Key Thinkers on the Environment. Cooper, David E & Palmer, Joy A Taylor and Francis.
  • McKinnell, Liz (2007). Do We Have Moral Obligations To The Dead?. In Layers of Dying and Death. Woodthorpe, Kate Inter-disciplinary Press. 107-115.

Edited book

Journal Article