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Department of Philosophy


Dr Andreas Pantazatos, BA, MA, PhD

Teaching Fellow in the Department of Philosophy

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I read Philosophy (major), Classics and Archaeology for my BA at the University of Athens (Greece). I continued on an MA in Philosophy at the University of Reading (UK) and then I studied for a Ph.D. at Durham University (UK) on ethics arguing that virtue ethics can account for the justification of the motivating element of moral judgement. Given my passionate interest in archaeological objects and how and their ethical treatment that arises from the interaction between people and their past, in recent years, I have turned my attention to the philosophy of archaeology focusing on the ethics, aesthetics and epistemology of archaeology. I am currently writing a book on the ethics of archaeological stewardship and the distinction between thin and thick stewardship, arguing that an ethic of stewardship can provide robust normative guidance if it is founded on our understanding of care, and more precisely on duty to care.

My focus on the ethics of archaeological stewardship led me to investigate the neglected role of aesthetics in accounts of archaeological stewardship. From June 2013 I will be pursuing research on this topic under the auspices of the AHRC project 'Ethics and Aesthetics of Archaeological Stewardship'. Also, in my capacity as the Director of the Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage ( I will co-organise the workshops and conference for this project.

My current research on archaeological stewardship is complemented by the development of a project which I am currently writing on the role of biography of objects in accounts of trusteeship. I have developed this project in collaboration with the British Museum. My engagement with public institutions made me realise the significance of the contribution of cultural heritage to people's well- being and more precisely how cultural heritage can contribute to the quality of life of immigrants, how it affects their mental health. I will address these issues in co-edited volume with Geoffrey F. Scarre and Cornelius Holtorf under the title Immigration and Ethics of Archaeology (in negotiation with CUP).

I have taught ethics and applied ethics in all undergraduate and postgraduate levels, political philosophy, ancient and modern philosophy and philosophy of social science. During the last two years I designed and led an innovative MA module in Business Ethics for philosophy and business students. For next academic year, I will design and introduce a new MA module in Ethics of Cultural Heritage for the MA in International Heritage Studies.

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Research Groups

  • Aesthetics, Ethics and Politics
  • History and Philosophy of Science and Medicine


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