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Contact details for all our academic staff are given below. Click on each name to read individual staff pages.

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Contact details for support staff are given below. Click on each name to view individual staff pages.

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:

  • Sarah Cox: Student Wellbeing Officer (available in the Philosophy department Tuesdays)
  • Sarah Thompson: Open Door Practitioner (available in the Philosophy department Friday mornings)
  • Gina Dodds Finance Assistant philosophy-payments@york.ac.uk
  • Dawn Whitehead Space Administrator:Timetabling timetabling@york.ac.uk

Enquiries: philosophy@york.ac.uk
Undergraduate enquiries: philosophy-admissions@york.ac.uk
Postgraduate enquiries: philosophy-postgrad@york.ac.uk

Departmental roles

Departmental roles

Staff within the Department of Philosophy who hold administrative roles. Click on the links below to view individual staff profiles.

PG researchers

PG researchers

Eleanor Byrne: Thesis: "Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Myalgic Encephalomyelitis: A Philosophical Investigation". 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: eleanor.byrne@york.ac.uk

Alex Clark-Thompson: Thesis: "Were the mass killings carried out by God in the Old Testament sufficiently morally justified"? My research shall explore each of the mass killings in the Old Testament and whether a morally sufficient justification can be provided for each of them. It shall also ask how they impact on the relationship between God and Humanity and whether or not this conflicts with the existence of a perfectly good God. email: alex.clark-thompson[at]york.ac.uk

Celia Coll

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: samuel.dickson@york.ac.uk

Jake Dorothy: Thesis: "A Phenomenological Analysis of Self Following Complex Trauma". My research draws primarily upon phenomenology and the philosophy of psychiatry to provide an analysis of how selfhood is experienced by those who have undergone complex traumatic events. email: jake.dorothy@york.ac.uk

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: twd510@york.ac.uk

James Dyer: "Understanding Gender Identity". My research considers the question of what it is to identify as a man, woman, or neither, and considers what political implications our understanding of gender identity might have. email: james.dyer@york.ac.uk

Jacopo Frascaroli: Thesis: "Learning from Art: A Predictive Processing Proposal". email: jacopo.frascaroli@york.ac.uk

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: ng799@york.ac.uk

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: denise.goh@york.ac.uk

Sean Hamill: Thesis: "A defence of a Fichtean moral theory"

Declan Hartness

George Hill: Thesis: "The relation between normative objectives and our motivation to pursue them (a working title)". email george.hill[at]york.ac.uk

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: dceh500@york.ac.uk

Nasir Khan: Thesis: "Deflationary Neutral Monism: one order of existence and power"

William Kilborn

Daniel Kim

Ivan Kyambadde: Thesis: "The Biomimicry of Sentience as a Path to AGI"

Bridger Landle: Thesis: "Counterpart Theory"

Gabriel Nemirovsky

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: rph512@york.ac.uk

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: jo.payne@york.ac.uk

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: sara.peppe@york.ac.uk

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: zoe.porter@york.ac.uk

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: angelos.sofocleous@york.ac.uk

Luke Townend: Thesis: "Evaluative Realism and the Argument from Queerness"

Daryl Tyrer: Thesis: "Can the evolutionary naturalist account for realism in metaphysics and science?" My research will focus on reformulations of Plantinga’s evolutionary argument against naturalism. Specifically, I aim to show how Plantinga’s argument can be recast as an argument for scientific anti-realism and anti-realism regarding claims about metaphysics. I propose to do this by showing how Plantinga’s argument is structurally similar to other arguments for scientific anti-realism. Then I intend to demonstrate how Plantinga’s narrower form of his argument, that the reliability of our metaphysical belief-forming mechanisms is questionable given evolutionary naturalism, can also be used to support anti-realism in metaphysics. This approach differs from Plantinga’s in that it rejects global scepticism; I am instead arguing for local scepticism regarding metaphysical claims. The result is that if we are sceptics about certain metaphysical claims underpinning the sciences, then this scepticism also affects science more generally. email: daryl.tyrer[at]york.ac.uk

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: krw525@york.ac.uk

Deborah Wells: Thesis: "A dennettian and prediction-error account of delusion"

Lillian Wilde: Thesis: "Trauma, Alienation, and Intersubjectivity: a phenomenological account of postraumatic experience". 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: ed.willems@york.ac.uk

Jane Wilson: Thesis: "A theory of forgiveness"

Catherine Yarrow

Xuanqi Zhu: Thesis: "Evolution, niche construction and the origin of human aesthetic sensibilities"