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Hallvard Lillehammer

Professor of Philosophy

Email: h.lillehammer@bbk.ac.uk

Hallvard Lillehammer is Professor of Philosophy in the School of Social Sciences, History and Philosophy. He was educated at UCL and at the University of Cambridge, where prior to joining Birkbeck he was a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Philosophy and a Fellow of King’s College, Churchill College and the Judge Business School. He has also held appointments at KCL and Reading University. From 2013 to 2017 he was Assistant Dean and Head of the Department of Philosophy.

Research Activity

  • Hallvard’s research is mainly focused on the interpretation and criticism of basic ideas in contemporary moral and political thought, including reason, objectivity, impartiality, autonomy, indifference and responsibility.
  • He is the author of Companions in Guilt: Arguments for Ethical Objectivity (2007), and co-editor of Ramsey’s Legacy (2005) and Real Metaphysics (2003). He has also published widely on a range of topics in ethics, metaethics, political philosophy, aesthetics and the history of ethical thought.

Publications

  • Hallvard’s recent publications include:
  • ‘The Nature and Ethics of Indifference’, The Journal of Ethics, 2017
  • ‘Smile When You’re Winning: How to Become a Cambridge Pragmatist’, Proceedings of the British Academy, 2017
  • ‘Ethics, Evolution and the A priori: Ross on Spencer and the French Sociologists’, in R. Richards & M. Ruse (eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Evolutionary Ethics (Cambridge 2017)
  • 'An Assumption of Extreme Significance: Moore, Ross and Spencer on Ethics and Evolution’, in U. Leibovitz & N. Sinclair (eds.), Explanation in Ethics and Mathematics (Oxford, 2016)
  • ‘Who is My Neighbour? Understanding Indifference as a Vice’, Philosophy, 2014
  • ‘Minding Your Own Business? Understanding Indifference as a Virtue’, Philosophical Perspectives, 2014
  • ‘Moral Testimony, Moral Virtue and the Value of Autonomy’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Supplementary Volume, 2014
  • Details of research projects and online papers are available from www.hallvardlillehammer.com

Research Supervision

Links

  • ‘Moral Error Theory and Moral Scepticism’, podcast of a public debate with Bart Streumer & Hallvard Lillehammer, Forum for European Philosophy, London School of Economics, 24 February 2011.
  • ‘Moral testimony’, podcast of symposium with Hallvard Lillehammer and Roger Crisp, Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society & the Mind Association, Cambridge University, 12 July 2014.
  • Hallvard’s research is mainly focused on the interpretation and criticism of basic ideas in contemporary moral and political thought, including reason, objectivity, impartiality, autonomy, indifference and responsibility.
  • He is the author of Companions in Guilt: Arguments for Ethical Objectivity (2007), and co-editor of Ramsey’s Legacy (2005) and Real Metaphysics (2003). He has also published widely on a range of topics in ethics, metaethics, political philosophy, aesthetics and the history of ethical thought.
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