Dorothea Debus
Senior Lecturer



I joined the Department of Philosophy at the University of York as a Lecturer in October 2007. Before that, I worked as a Supernumerary Teaching Fellow at St John's College Oxford from 2004 to 2007. I hold an MA (1998) from the University of Munich, and a BPhil (2000) and DPhil (2004) from the University of Oxford.

Departmental roles

  • From October 2017 until March 2019 I am on research leave as a fellow of the Humboldt Foundation, and will be working on a book manuscript (‘Shaping Our Mental Lives’) as a visiting scholar at Humboldt University Berlin



My research interests are in the Philosophy of Mind and Psychology; and Ethics, Epistemology and Metaphysics.


  • At present, I am thinking and writing about memory and the emotions.
  • I have recently also started work on a new research project, tentatively entitled 'Mind and Will: The Metaphysics and Ethics of Mental Life', which explores how subjects take an active part in their own mental lives.



  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Free Will and Moral Responsibility
  • Knowledge and Perception


  • Epistemology and Metaphysics
  • MA Project on 'Emotions and Their Objects'
  • MA thesis supervision
  • PhD thesis supervision
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Contact details

Dr Dorothea Debus
Senior Lecturer

Tel: 01904 323263