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Durham University

The Department of Philosophy


Dr Joe Saunders

Assistant Professor/Admissions/Widening Participation Officer/Director of Digital Learning/CHSS Advisor in the Department of Philosophy

(email at

Office Hours

Mondays, 1-4. Online. Drop me an email to set up a meeting.


Joe primarily works on ethics and agency in Kant and the post-Kantian tradition. He also has interests in the philosophy of love and media ethics.

He is part of an AHRC grant, currently investigating freedom of the press and regulation:

Recently, he interviewed several Hegel scholars for Hegel's 250th birthday:

Finally, he is the host of a Philosophy and Film podcast, in partnership with the Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds.

Administrative Roles

Joe is currently:

In Durham, he also serves as:

  • Admissions/Widening Participation Officer
  • Combined Honours in Social Sciences Advisor and Exam Board Rep
  • Director of Online Learning

Indicators of Esteem

Research Groups

Research Interests

  • Ethics
  • Free Will
  • Kant
  • Love
  • Media Ethics
  • Post-Kantian Philosophy

Teaching Areas

  • European Philosophy
  • Issues in Contemporary Ethics
  • Reading Philosophy (Sartre)

Selected Publications

Authored book

Chapter in book

Journal Article

Translated Book

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Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Ethics, Religion & Beliefs: Philosophy
  • Ethics: Philosophy
  • Philosophy: Philosophy

Selected Grants

  • 2018: Defining Freedom of the Press: A Cross national examination of press ethics and regulation in ten European countries (£11225.00 from AHRC)