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Staff categories 

These are our Birkbeck staff categories within the Department of Philosophy. 

Head of Department and Assistant Dean

Academic staff

Emeritus staff 

  • Professor Dorothy Edgington
    • Dorothy Edgington is a Senior Research Fellow and Fellow of the British Academy. Dorothy works mainly in philosophical logic, particularly on conditionals, counterfactual reasoning, probabilistic reasoning and vagueness. She is currently involved in a project on probabilities, propensities and conditionals at the Institute of Philosophy. She supervises research students working on conditionals, vagueness and indeterminacy, ontology, self-knowledge and emotions.
  • Professor Samuel Guttenplan
  • Professor Anthony Price
    • Anthony Price came to Birkbeck as a lecturer in 1995, was soon promoted to reader and subsequently to professor. His work in Greek philosophy strives to do justice to the texts, but is always primarily philosophical in its goals, which are to increase our self-understanding as ethical agents through interpreting the texts in ways that attend to the details of their arguments and formulations, attempting to make the best and most fruitful sense of these. His principal research interests are in Greek ethics and moral psychology, and in contemporary ethics.
  • Professor David-Hillel Ruben
    • David-Hillel Ruben has a BA from Dartmouth College (USA) and a PhD from Harvard University. He began his career at the University of Edinburgh as tutor and subsequently has held lectureships at Glasgow, Essex, and City universities. He was made a professor at the LSE in 1994 and has been at Birkbeck on a part-time basis since 2004. His research interests are in philosophy of the social sciences, philosophy of action and metaphysics. He has published books on Marxism, social holism and individualism, explanation, and action. 

Visiting and affiliated academics

  • Simon Hewitt
  • Dr Hugh Lawson-Tancred
  • Dr Simon May
    • Simon May's interests lie in ethics, philosophy of the emotions, questions of identity and belonging, and German nineteenth- and twentieth-century thought, especially the work of Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, and Heidegger. He is also a devotee of the aphoristic form. He is editor of Nietzsche's On the Genealogy of Morality: A Critical Guide and co-editor of Nietzsche on Freedom and Autonomy. Outside academic philosophy, he has written op-ed articles for newspapers such as The Washington Post and the Financial Times.
  • Dr Christian Onof
  • Mohammed Abouelleil Rashed
  • Anthony Savile
  • Professor John Skorupski
    • John Skorupski is Professor Emeritus of Moral Philosophy at the University of St Andrews. His current interests are in moral and political philosophy, meta-ethics and epistemology, and the history of nineteenth- and twentieth-century philosophy. He is working on a book with the provisional title Late Modern Ethics 1800–1975.
  • Dr Gudrun Von Tevenar
  • Dr Steph Marston

Professional and Support Staff