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Prof Hallvard Lillehammer

  • Overview

    Overview

    Biography

    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.

    ORCID

    0000-0003-3775-1396
  • Research

    Research

    Research overview

    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, meta-ethics, political philosophy, aesthetics and the history of ethical thought.

    More information on past and present research projects is available here.

  • Supervision and teaching

    Supervision and teaching

    Supervision

    Current doctoral researchers

    • ANDREW DINES
    • ANDREW NEWTON
    • MATTHEW ALLEN
    • RUSSELL CHILD

    Doctoral alumni

    • HUGO DIXON
    • JOHN SIMONS
    • NOEMI MAGNANI
    • ASHLEY LANE

    Teaching

    Hallvard teaches a range of modules in ethics, meta-ethics and political philosophy across the BA, MA and MRes programmes.        

    Topics of Ph.D students currently or recently supervised include ethical theory, meta-ethics, political philosophy and the history of ethical thought.

    Teaching modules

    • Philosophy, Business and Society (Level 6) (SSPL086H6)
    • Philosophy, Business and Society (Level 7) (SSPL134H7)
    • Research in Practical Philosophy (SSPL158S7)
    • Philosophy, Business and Society (Level 5) (SSPL190H5)
  • Publications

    Publications

    Article

    Book

    • Lillehammer, Hallvard, ed. (2022) The trolley problem. Classic Philosophical Arguments. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781009255615. (In Press)

    Book Section

    • Lillehammer, Hallvard (2023) Moral and political philosophy. In: Laidlaw, J. (ed.) The Cambridge Handbook for the Anthropology of Ethics. Cambridge Handbooks in Anthropology. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781108591249. (In Press)
    • Lillehammer, Hallvard (2022) Autonomy and mental health. In: Colburn, B. (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Autonomy. Routledge Handbooks in Philosophy. London: Routledge. ISBN 9780367258207. (In Press)
    • Lillehammer, Hallvard (2022) Keeping track of your trolleys: origins and destinations. In: Lillehammer, Hallvard (ed.) The Trolley Problem. Classic Philosophical Arguments. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781009255615. (In Press)
    • Lillehammer, Hallvard (2022) Debunking what?. In: Machuca, D.E. (ed.) Evolutionary Debunking Arguments Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Mathematics, Metaphysics, and Epistemology. Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. ISBN 9780367458447. (In Press)
    • Lillehammer, Hallvard (2021) Testimony, deference and value. In: Hannon, M. and de Ridder, J. (eds.) The Routledge Handbook of Political Epistemology. Routledge Handbooks in Philosophy. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. ISBN 9780367345907. (In Press)
    • Lillehammer, Hallvard (2019) Companions in guilt: entailment, analogy, and absorbtion. In: Cowie, C. and Rowland, R. (eds.) Companions in Guilt. Arguments in Metaethics. Abingdon, UK: Routledge. ISBN 9781138318335. (In Press)
    • Lillehammer, Hallvard (2017) Error, indeterminacy, and projection in ethics. In: Machuca, D. (ed.) Moral Skepticism: New Essays. Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory. New York, U.S.: Routledge. ISBN 9781138645868.
    • Lillehammer, Hallvard (2017) Projection, indeterminacy and moral skepticism. In: Machuca, D. (ed.) Moral Skepticism: New Essays. Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory. New York, U.S.: Routledge. ISBN 9781138645868.
    • Lillehammer, Hallvard (2017) Ethics, evolution and the a priori: Ross on Spencer and the French Sociologists. In: Ruse, M. and Richards, R. (eds.) The Cambridge Handbook to Evolutionary Ethics. Cambridge Handbooks in Philosophy. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107589605.
    • Lillehammer, Hallvard (2016) An assumption of extreme significance: Moore, Ross and Spencer on ethics and evolution. In: Leibovitz, U. and Sinclair, N. (eds.) Explanation in Ethics and Mathematics: Debunking and Dispensability. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. pp. 103-123. ISBN 9780198778592.
    • Lillehammer, Hallvard (2014) Who cares where you come from? cultivating virtues of indifference. In: Freeman, T. and Ebtehaj, F. and Graham, S. and Richards, M. (eds.) Relatedness in Assisted Reproduction: Families, Origins and Identities. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107038288.
    • Lillehammer, Hallvard (2013) The argument from queerness'. In: LaFollette, H. (ed.) The International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Chicester, UK: Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 9781405186414.
    • Lillehammer, Hallvard (2013) The companionship in guilt strategy. In: LaFollette, H. (ed.) International Encyclopedia of Ethics. Chicester, UK: Wiley Blackwell. ISBN 9781405186414.
    • Lillehammer, Hallvard (2012) Autonomy, value and the first person. In: Radoilska, L. (ed.) Autonomy and Mental Disorder. International Perspectives in Philosophy and Psychiatry. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199595426.
    • Lillehammer, Hallvard (2011) Consequentialism and global ethics. In: Boylan, M. (ed.) The Morality and Global Justice Reader. Boulder, Colorado, USA: Westview Press. ISBN 9780813344331.
    • Lillehammer, Hallvard (2011) Constructivism and the error theory. In: Miller, C. (ed.) The Continuum Companion to Ethics. Bloomsbury Companions. New York, USA: Continuum. ISBN 9781441121752.
    • Lillehammer, Hallvard (2009) Reproduction, partiality, and the non-identity problem. In: Roberts, M.A. and Wasserman, D.T. (eds.) Harming Future Persons: Ethics, Genetics and the Non-Identity Problem. International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine. New York, U.S.: Springer. pp. 231-248. ISSN 1567-8008. ISBN 9781402056963.
  • Business and community

    Business and community

    Outreach

    Philosophy and the "Empirically Tractable'. Interview with Justin Weinberg, Daily Nous, November 2019.

    Trolley Problems and Ethical Intuitions. podcast conversation with Florian Steinberger on London Philosophy Talks, September 2020

    Interviewed by Richard Marshall at 3.16AM. November 2019

     

    ‘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.

    ‘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.

    'Philosophers and the fine art of business'City A.M., 16 March 2011.

    On Photo IDs. Interviewed on BBC Russia, September 2021.