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Philosophy Departmental Office, Block A Sally Baldwin Buildings, Room A/021
Term time opening hours: Monday to Friday 10:00 - 12:30 and 13:30 - 16:00
Faculty support staff embedded in Philosophy:
Staff within the Department of Philosophy who hold administrative roles. Click on the links below to view individual staff profiles.
David Austin: Thesis: "A Gricean Account of Assertion: closing the gap between the philosophy of language and the epistemology of testimony". My research lies at the intersection of the philosophy of language and epistemology, with the aim of providing a theoretical elaboration of the mechanisms involved in communicating knowledge from one individual to another. email: email@example.com
Martin Bloomfield: Thesis: "A Faith Without Foundation"
Eleanor Byrne: Thesis: "Fatigue: A Philosophical Study". My research focuses on Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis, drawing on insights primarily from the philosophy of psychiatry and phenomenology. I explore the relationship between experiences of CFS/ME, depression and grief. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Davis: Thesis: "Thick concepts and reasons for action"
Samuel Dickson: Thesis: "An Investigation Into the Nature of Mathematical Objects". My research is centred on trying to see if mathematical objects could be something like abstract objects whilst still being causal, and spelling out exactly what this sort of causation would look like. email: email@example.com
Thomas Dowling: Thesis: "An historical review and reconstruction of 'reification'". The purpose of my research is to address what is, I would argue, the most important question in critical theory: what does 'reification' - which critical theorists broadly refer to as capitalism's mysterious, autonomous character - actually amount to as a concept? To provide an answer, I am conducting an historical review of 1) the ways in which reification has been hitherto conceptualised in the post-Kantian and Marxist traditions and 2) the forms that reification has assumed as an historical phenomenon. On completion, I will proceed to present a consistent theory of reification where others have failed to do so. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
James Dyer: "Is gender identity a meaningful concept, compatible with egalitarian principles?". My research focuses on the meaning of gender identity claims, and whether such claims are compatible with egalitarian principles. I am currently investigating the necessary criteria for the state of being male/female, aside from reference to sex. email: email@example.com
Jacopo Frascaroli: Thesis: "Learning from Fiction: A Philosophical and Psychological Study". I work on a multidisciplinary project entitled "Learning from fiction", which explores, theoretically and experimentally, the cognitive potential of fiction and art. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nicholas Gardner: My research focuses on the ideas of Liberal social justice and the critiques of the relationship between freedom and liberalism. I have a particular interest in the works of G.A.Cohen and Milton Friedman. email: email@example.com
Denise Goh: Thesis: "Post-truth as a Struggle for Recognition: a critical analysis of ideology, identity, and institutions in knowledge preservation". My research asks the question: "What concept of truth is compatible with a post-truth world?" My work explores the concepts of ideology, identity, and institutions as well as the role they play in knowledge construction and preservation. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Britt Harrison: Thesis: "Cinematic Humanism". My research focuses on contemporary and historical issues in epistemology, the philosophy of art (particularly film, literature and painting) and Wittgenstein. email: email@example.com
Sean Hamill: Thesis: "A defence of a Fichtean moral theory"
Daniel Hind: Thesis: "The Limits of Liberal Constitutionalism". My research begins by looking at liberal constitutional thought and its treatment of popular sovereignty. It goes on to ask how a reimagined popular sovereign would feature in a broader reformation of the liberal state. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Nasir Khan: Thesis: "Should physicalism postulate higher-orders of reality?"
Ivan Kyambadde: Thesis: "The Biomimcry of Sentience as a Path to AGI"
Bridger Landle: Thesis: "Counterpart Theory"
Robin Pawlett-Howell: Thesis: "Phenomenology, Self-Respect, and Justice: Creating a Dialogue Between French Phenomenology and a Rawlsian Approach to Justice". My project, funded by the White Rose College of the Arts & Humanities, seeks to establish a constructive dialogue between post-Husserlian phenomenology and John Rawls’s approach to justice. The aim of this, taken broadly, is to establish a richer and more dynamic conception of the subject and of society within Rawls, thereby enabling Rawlsians to better handle complex claims for recognition. Concomitant to these aims, is the assertion that contemporary political philosophers might benefit from an accompanying concern with phenomenology, and from an engagement with the phenomenological aspects of human experience. email: email@example.com
Jo Payne: Thesis: "Inequality, Wellbeing, and Positional Goods". In my project, I argue for the view that the ideal of equality demands all and only strict equal distribution. This apparently counter-intuitive idea, defended by others such as Joseph Carens, will be motivated by an analysis of the connections between positional goods, inequality and well-being. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Sara Peppe: Thesis: "Is Quine’s account of probability coherent with Quantum Mechanics?". My research focuses on the issue of probability in Quantum Mechanics. In particular, I am considering how probability is intended in the above mentioned field of knowledge. email: email@example.com
Zoe Porter: Thesis: "The locus of moral responsibility for unforeseen harms caused by artificial agents". My research concerns the location of moral responsibility for unintended harms caused by artificial agents, specifically artificial agents built with optimisation algorithms and deep learning techniques. Considering each of the possible candidates for moral responsibility in turn, I defend what I call a weak, pluralist Common-sense position in answer to my central research question. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Anu Selvaraj-Thomson: Thesis: "The Love for Learning"
Angelos Sofocleous: Thesis: "The phenomenological experience of non-participant spectatorship in depression". My research focuses on the phenomenology of mental illnesses, particularly on the notion of spectatorship in depression. I look at various accounts of first-person experience and investigate what talk of being a spectator or describing the experience of depression in spectatorial terms is getting at. email: email@example.com
Jared Stoughton: Thesis: "The Two Truths in Vasubandhu's Sautrantika"
Luke Townend: Thesis: "Evaluative Realism and the Argument from Queerness"
Kendra Wegscheidler: Thesis: "What is a Philosophical Novel? Exploring the Significant Philosophical Contributions Made By Literature". My focus is on the philosophy of literature. My research asks the question: what is a philosophical novel? More specifically I want to discover the conditions under which a novel can count as a serious and valuable work of literature and also make a significant contribution to philosophy. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Deborah Wells: Thesis: "A dennettian and prediction-error account of delusion"
Lillian Wilde: Thesis: "A Phenomenological Account of Trauma and Intersubjectivity". My research focuses on post-traumatic psychopathologies from a principally phenomenological perspective. The main question I pursue is to what extend posttraumatic experience involves a disturbance of intersubjectivity and which implications this view might have. I question whether PTSD is a useful concept in this inquiry. email: lillian.wilde[at]york.ac.uk
Ed Willems: Thesis: "Does Easy Ontology require Global Expressivism?". My research deals with deflationism in metaontology and metasemantics, and explores links between the two. I am currently working on cashing out the metasemantic positions implicit in Easy Ontology. email: email@example.com
Jane Wilson: Thesis: "A theory of forgiveness"
Xuanqi Zhu: Thesis: "Evolution, niche construction and the origin of human aesthetic sensibilities"