Practical Philosophy

Section Leader: Dr Martin O'Neill

Ethics is one of the main strengths of the Department, with research carried out both in normative ethics and in metaethics. Staff within this field are interested in topics such as responsibility to future generations, altruism, utilitarianism, evolution and ethics, internal and external reasons, and the analysis of moral judgements. At York have expertise in bioethics and public health ethics, and staff interested in the history of moral philosophy including Plato, Aristotle and Kant.

Departmental staff participate in the White Rose Early Career Ethics Researchers group and York’s Centre for Chronic Diseases and Disorders. Within the Department staff organise regular reading groups and other activities.

A number of our staff contribute to this research, and are interested in supervising PhD work in this area. Click the links to learn more about their work:

  • Tom Baldwin: (Emeritus): bioethics, moral psychology, moral theory.
  • Richard Chappell: consequentialism, non-naturalist moral realism.
  • Johann Gustafsson: decision theory, value theory, normative ethics.
  • Stephen Holland: applied ethics, especially bioethics and public health ethics.
  • Chris Jay: metaethics, normative ethics, the demandingness of morality, Kantian ethics.
  • Mary Leng: metaethics
  • Christian Piller: rationality, goodness in ethical thought, moral epistemology.