The University of Sheffield
Department of Philosophy

James Lenman


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BA (Oxford), MPhil, PHD (St Andrews)


I am a Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. Before coming here, I was a schoolboy in Dundee, Scotland; then an undergraduate student at St Catherine's College, Oxford University reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics; then a graduate student at St Andrews University studying for an M.Phil. and then a PhD in Moral Philosophy; then a Lecturer at Lancaster University and lastly a Lecturer then Senior Lecturer at the University of Glasgow. In 2002-2003 I was a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Ethics and the Professions at Harvard University. When not at work, I can sometimes be found wandering around the Peak District and other hilly places. (There are some pictures here.)

Research Interests

I work mainly on ethics and especially metaethics. My recent work has dealt with issues relating to moral realism, moral expressivism, moral psychology, moral epistemology, and moral responsibility, compatibilism, consequentialism, contractualism, constructivism and contingency.

I find some other bits of philosophy quite interesting too.

Professional Activities and Distinctions

Current Projects

Key Recent Publications

Postgraduate Students


Office Hours:

By appointment. (On leave, semester 1, 2013-2014.)


j dot lenman at sheffield dot ac dot uk

Publications in Detail

See detailed list.