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Department of Philosophy


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 Groups

  • Aesthetics, Ethics and Politics

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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