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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 on hills.
BA (Oxford), MPhil, PHD (St Andrews)
- 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 interesting too.
The Possibility of Moral Community.
- Thomson on Goodness. Metafísica y persona(19), 181-188. View this article in WRRO
- An Ecumenical Matter?. The Philosophical Quarterly. View this article in WRRO
- Reasons Without Humans. Analysis, 77(3), 586-595. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO La Révolution est un bloc? Wallace on Affirmation and Regret. Journal of Applied Philosophy.
- View this article in WRRO "Why Externalism is a Problem for Ethical Intiutionists". Aristotelian Society, Virtual Issue(No, 3, Methods in Ethics), 326-323.
- Gibbardian Humility: Moral Fallibility and Moral Smugness. Journal of Value Inquiry, 48(2), 235-245. View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO Science, Ethics and Observation. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement, 72, 261-274.
- View this article in WRRO Ethics without Errors. Ratio, 26, 391-409.
- View this article in WRRO "Deliberation, Schmeliberation: Enoch's Indispensibility Argument". Philosophical Studies, 168, 835-842..
- Uggles and Muggles: Wedgwood on normative thought and justification. Philosophical Studies, 151(3), 469-477. View this article in WRRO
- Achieving Objectivity. Philosophical Perspectives, 23(1), 293-304.
- Naturalism Without Tears. Ratio, 22(1), 1-18.
- Actions, Motives and Causes: A Critical Study of Alfred R. Mele: Motivation and Agency. The Philosophical Quarterly, 58(231), 353-362.
- Contractualism and Risk Imposition. Politics Philosophy Economics, 7(1), 99-122.
- Against Moral Fictionalism. Philosophical Books, 49(1), 23-32.
- Why I Have No Plans to Retire: In Defence of Moderate Professional Complacency. Ratio, 20(2), 241-246.
- What is Moral Inquiry?. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume, 81(1), 63-81.
- Compatibilism and Contractualism: The Possibility of Moral Responsibility. Ethics, 117(1), 7-31.
- The Saucer of Mud, The Kudzu Vine and the Uxorious Cheetah: Against Neo-Aristotelian Naturalism in Metaethics. European Journal of Analytic Philosophy, 1(2), 37-50.
- Utilitarianism and Obviousness. Utilitas, 16(3), 322-325. View this article in WRRO
- Noncognitivism and Wishfulness. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 6(3), 265-274.
- Disciplined Syntacticism and Moral Expressivism. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 66(1), 32-57.
- Moral Deviants and Amoral Saints: A Dilemma for Moral Externalism. The Southern Journal of Philosophy, 41(2), 223-240.
- On Becoming Extinct. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 83(3), 207-299.
- Consequentialism and Cluelessness, 29(4), 342-370.
- Moral Inquiry and Mob Psychology In Daly C (Ed.), The Palgrave Handbook of Philosophical Methods (pp. 637-651). Palgrave MacMillan View this article in WRRO
- View this article in WRRO Scepticism about Intuition In Chappell SC (Ed.), Intuition, Theory, and Anti-Theory in Ethics (pp. 24-39). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- "Ethics without Errors" In Streumer B (Ed.), Irrealism in Ethics (pp. 41-59). Wiley Blackwell
- Introduction In Lenman J & Shemmer Y (Ed.), Constructivism in Practical Philosophy Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- Introduction, Constructivism in Practical Philosophy (pp. 1-17). Oxford University Press
- View this article in WRRO Expressivism and Constructivism In Lenman J & Shemmer Y (Ed.), Constructivism in Practical Philosophy (pp. 213-225). Oxford University Press
- "Humean Constructivism in Moral Theory", Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Volume 5 (pp. 175-193). Oxford: Oxford University Press.
- The Politics of the Self In Bortolotti L (Ed.), Philosophy and Happiness London: Palgrave MacMillan.
- http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/reasons-just-vs-expl/ Reasons for Action: Justification vs. Explanation. Retrieved from
- Research group
I have supervised:
- Brendan Kelters, Ethics
- Lewis Brooks, Metaethics
- Jingbo Hu, Moral Responsibility
- Graham Bex-Priestley, Metaethics
- Josh Thomas, Ethics
- Stephen Ingram, Metaethics Completed 2016
- Carl Fox, Contractualism Completed 2014
- Jonathan Parry, War (AHRC funded), Completed 2014
- David Ekstrand, Political Justification, Completed 2011
- Heather Arnold, Justice and the Family
(AHRC funded). Completed, 2010
- Jonathan Smith, Moral Realism
(AHRC funded). Completed, 2009
- Paul Sludds, Wellbeing and Death
(AHRC funded). Completed, 2008.
- Jules Holroyd, Autonomy
(AHRC funded). Completed, 2008.
- Anna Wilkinson: Moral Naturalism
- Professional activities
- Secretary, British Society for Ethical Theory, 1996-2002.
- President, British Society for Ethical Theory, 2002-2008.
- Editorial Board, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice
- Editorial Committee, Utilitas