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Current Research Students and Their Theses

MPhil

  • Mattias AHLGREN
  • Thesis: Political/Rights, freedom, equality
  • Thomas ASTOR
  • Thesis: Epistemology of Action
  • Tobias BEARDSLEY
  • Thesis: Metaethics
  • Andrew DINES
  • Thesis: Metaethics
  • Richard ELLIOTT
  • My dissertation focuses on questions of self-knowledge, falsification and the creation/adoption of values in Nietzsche’s later philosophy.
  • My research interests include C19 German philosophy (esp. Nietzsche), philosophy of mind/psychology, philosophy of science, ethics, and social philosophy (inc. Adorno and Foucault).
  • Thomas FRANKFORT
  • Thesis focus: Cognitive Phenomenology, in particular its implications for the metaphysics of consciousness
  • Research interests: Philosophy of Mind, broadly construed
  • Kayleigh GREEN
  • Thesis: Aesthetics
  • John HEYDERMAN
  • Thesis: Spinoza
  • Peter JACKSON
  • I am investigating the implications of the metaphysics of time for other areas of philosophy such as freedom and mental causation
  • My research interests are mainly in metaphysics (particularly the philosophy of time) and the philosophy of mind.
  • Sarah KIERNAN
  • Thesis: Hegel's Aesthetics
  • Antonio MATEIRO
  • Thesis: Responsibility for harms /epistemic failures
  • Pablo Olvera MATEOS
  • Thesis: Aesthetics
  • Nihar NIKELANI
  • Thesis: Ethics
  • Maureen PRICE
  • Thesis: Aesthetics (Music)
  • Alistair SHAW
  • Thesis: Mind
  • Jonathan SINCLAIR-WILSON
  • Thesis: Evolution and Explanation
  • Lauren SLATER
  • Thesis: Modern / Descartes
  • Eric STOREY
  • My thesis is on Hegel’s theory of action, and I am also interested in phenomenology and existentialism.
  • Jane WHITE
  • Research interests: Nietzsche, Philosophy of Psychoanalysis, Philosophy of Mind.
  • Thesis: I am developing an account of Nietzsche’s positive prescriptions for human flourishing that can be reconciled with his drive-based psychology.
  • Gabriella WYER
  • Thesis: Eighteenth century / Hume

PhD

  • Rachelle BASCARA
  • My interests lie in moral, political, and social philosophy, and I am most interested in topics where these three subfields overlap. My goal for my doctoral dissertation is to formulate a defensible unified theory of oppression, which I argue is currently unavailable in the literature.
  • Russell CHILD
  • Thesis: Collective moral responsibility and social epistemology.
  • Anna CLARKE
  • Research: “Discrimination and Rights: can discrimination be understood as an infringement of rights, and if so, are rights-remedies an effective response to the harms of discrimination?”
  • Philip COLBY
  • Thesis: Studies in the logics of conditionals.
  • Research interests: Unified accounts of conditionals, the logic of uncertain inferences, the connection between logic and probability theory, quantification into conditional and probabilistic contexts, logical pluralism.
  • Emanuele COSTA
  • Thesis: Spinoza
  • Robert CRAVEN
  • I'm interested in time, self-consciousness, thought and action; and in Kant, Frege, Wittgenstein and Anscombe. In my thesis I am trying to articulate a view of time which is opposed to the B-theory, but which takes proper account of self-conscious thought and perspective.
  • Magnus FRIED
  • Research Interests: Modal arguments against Physicalism
  • Ashley LANE
  • My thesis title is 'A critique of a priori moral knowledge’.
  • My research interests are ethics (particularly metaethics, normative ethics and moral psychology), and philosophy of logic and language.
  • Noemi MAGNANI
  • Thesis: Politics / Gender
  • Steph MARSTON
  • Thesis: Spinoza
    Research interests: Epistemology, Aristotle, Political Philosophy
  • Steven MONTGOMERY
  • Thesis: Philosophical Anarchism, Political Obligation and Disobedience 
    Research interests: Political Philosophy, Obligation, Civil Disobedience, Aristotle's Politics, Equality, Moral Philosophy, Virtue Ethics, The Value of Humanity 
  • Julian NEWMAN
  • My research is in the epistemology of computing, with particular reference to its implications for simulation models in science and policy.  I develop an account of software as a type of phenomenon whose nature, although immaterial, is knowable through experiment.  I argue that this fatally undermines the positions of Humphreys, Lenhard and Winsberg regarding the epistemology of simulation.  I further defend my position against potential attacks from the perspective that software engineering theory can be no more than reflection on craft knowledge, and explore the implication of “data journeys” for the robustness of our empirical claims about software.
  • My research interests are in Epistemology, Philosophy of Computing, Reliability and Validity, Model Construction and Validation, Research Integrity, Contractarian and Kantian analyses of Epistemic and Scientific Norms.
  • Andrew NEWTON
  • I research questions of moral philosophy arising from industrial disasters, specifically the Global Financial Crisis. I am currently investigating the respective moral responsibilities of market participants, financial innovators, the senior executives of financial firms, the credit rating agencies, and government.
  • Laurencia SAENZ BENAVIDES
  • Thesis: Political Philosophy (Emotions and Politics)
  • John SIMONS
  • Thesis: The sociality of moral agency: A pragmatist account.
    My thesis is based on the ideas of the founders of American pragmatism, especially John Dewey and George Herbert Mead.

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