Our PhD Students

Francesco Antilici

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Francesco works in the philosophy of psychology. His thesis is on social cognition and its development. He is also interested in the philosophy of mind more generally and in the philosophy of language.

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Simon Barker

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Graham Bex-Priestley

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Andrea Blomqvist

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Andrea works on affective forecasting, which is an interdisciplinary area of research spanning philosophy, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience. They are interested in how we predict our future emotions, and how these predictions feature in good decision-making. They are also concerned with question about how imagination works, what the cognitive processes of imagination are, and the relationship between imagination and episodic memory.

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Stephen Bolton

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Lewis Brooks

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Lewis’ main interests are in Metaethics and Philosophy of Language but he also enjoys researching Normative Ethics and Empiricism. His thesis defends an Expressivist account of moral language against influential objections in the literature.

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Wungtei Buchem

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Wungtei is a member of SIIBS and the Department of Philosophy. His thesis A Postcolonial Reading of the Book of Kings attempts to explore selected narratives using Postcolonial Methodology to counter-read suppressive biblical texts for a Tribal Postcolonial Liberation Hermeneutics. His research interests are also on Liberation Theologies and Ethnography/Indigenous studies.

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Giulia Casini

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Giulia works in Philosophy of Language and Logic. Her main interests are Conditionals and her project concerns the Possible Worlds' account for Counterfactuals. She is also generally interested in Feminism and Philosophy of Science.

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Lijiaozi Cheng

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Adriana Clavel Vazquez

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Patrick Connolly

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Charlie Crerar

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Charlie's research focuses on the nature of intellectual vices, character traits like closed-mindedness, dogmatism, and bias that render us deficient as knowers in some way. He's also interested in other issues in social and virtue epistemology, as well as topics in moral and political philosophy.

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Matthew Cull

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Matthew works on anti-essentialist approaches to gender, attempting to bring together feminist theory and contemporary analytic metaphysics. They also have interests in the philosophy of action and epistemology.

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Henry Cusworth

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Barend Cornelis de Rooij

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Barend does research at the intersection of (social) epistemology and ethics, studying how institutional structures facilitate or obstruct individual epistemic virtues. His research is co-sponsored by the University of Groningen, where he works on the project “Towards Professional Epistemic Justice: Medicine/Finance” (Dutch Research Council). Barend’s secondary research interests include the ethics of migration and philosophy of social science.

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Kayleigh Doherty

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Kayleigh works in Social Epistemology, Feminist Philosophy, Philosophy of Race, and Bioethics. She is a part of the joint-degree program with University of Groningen where she is working on a specialized research project titled “Towards Professional Epistemic Justice: Medicine/Finance." Her thesis focuses on the hermeneutical marginalization of patient testimonial knowledge in cases where the patient has an undiagnosed or under diagnosed illness.

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Alexandre Duval

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I work in philosophy of psychology. My thesis is about the cognitive mechanisms underlying spatial navigation and the role they play in the acquisition of geometric concepts and mature knowledge about formal Euclidean geometry.

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Anthony Eagan

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Anthony is interested in Aesthetics and Kierkegaard.

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Anton Eriksson

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Anton's research is on climate ethics and the ethics of consumption. In particular, he's concerned with individual moral responsibility and the issue of accounting for greenhouse gas emissions in international trade. Other interests include applied ethics and normative ethics in general, as well as social philosophy.

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Soad Eshkal

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Ahmad Fattah

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Ahmad's research is on the conjunction between History of Philosophy, Ethics, and Pragmatism. His thesis is an immanent critique of Alasdair MacIntyre's project, utilizing a genealogical approach and employing Hilary Putnam's Pragmatism.

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Diego Feinmann

Diego is interested in Semantics, Pragmatics and Psycholinguistics.

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Carlos Felippe

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Carlos is mainly interested in moral philosophy, particularly the ethics of personal relationships such as friendship.

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Trystan Goetze


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Trystan's research draws on virtue ethics, feminist epistemology, and pragmatism, with the occasional dip into cognitive science. His PhD thesis is about our ethical responsibilities for the concepts we use, especially our concepts of social groups. Other interests include the history of philosophy, the philosophy of education, and metaphilosophy.

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Isela Gonzalez Vazquez

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Isela works on Feminism and Philosophy of Science. Her PhD focuses on the role of values in science, with a particular focus on underdetermination. She is also interested in Philosophy of Biology, Philosophy of Sex and Philosophy of Race.

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Angela Grünberg

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Robin Hamon

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Robin is a member of the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies (SIIBS) and the Department of Philosophy. Robin has been awarded a SIIBS scholarship to undertake his PhD research which explores the Eden narrative, Gen. 2:4b-3:24, using material ecocritical theory and methodology.

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Richard Hassall

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Richard is a former clinical psychologist, having worked previously in children's mental health services. He is interested in the philosophy of psychopathology, and in how issues in philosophy of science may bear on this.

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James Headlong

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William Hornett

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Will's research is on the relationship between political structures and metaphysical accounts of action, perception, and free will. He is trying to show how political structures can constrict people's agential capacities, and their freedom therein. He is also interested in the philosophy of science, phenomenology (especially Merleau-Ponty!), and Marxist philosophy and political economy.

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Reid Humble

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Brendan Kelters

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Thorbjorn Kristjansson

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Miklos Kurthy

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Damiano La Manna

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Damiano has a BA from the University of Palermo and an MA from the University of Leiden.  His PhD research is on phenomenal consciousness and its relation to perception.  Other interests include ancient and medieval philosophy.

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James Lewis

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James is mainly interested in social obligations and social norms, but also in Continental philosophy and pragmatism.

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Neri Marsili

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Neri completed his BA and MA at the University of Torino. His main research interests are in pragmatics, epistemology and aesthetics. His PhD focuses on the concept of lying and its role in epistemology and philosophy of language.

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Joshua Matthews

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Nadia Mehdi

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Nadia's research attempts to account for the wrongness of cultural appropriation and also extends to the ethics of other instances in which cultural material crosses borders, real or imagined, drawing on postcolonial theory and critical philosophies of race to do so. She also has interests in feminist philosophy and the philosophy of food.

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Andrew Garford Moore

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Robbie Morgan

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Robbie works on sexual ethics and feminist philosophy. Specifically, his PhD research focuses on the moral significance of the sexual nature of sexual acts and the wrongness of sexual violations. He is also interested in applied ethics more generally, as well as political and legal philosophy.

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William Morgan

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Williams works predominantly on the metaphysics of material objects and is looking at accounts of composition of material objects. He also has interests in the metaphysics of pregnancy.

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Siobhan Moriarty

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Gonzalo Nunez Erices

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Ashley Pennington

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Ashley's research is concerned with the way in which representations of ethnic minorities limit what members of those groups are able to do with their words and what ability that may have in marking power. She is trained in both continental and analytic philosophy and received a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oregon in 2012. Her MLitt research (Glasgow 2013) focused on the ethical dimensions of derogatory words.

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Maria Pietrini Sanchez

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David Strohmaier

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David's research focusses on social ontology and philosophy of the social sciences. His thesis proposes an account of group agency drawing on pragmatist sociology and game theory. He also has an interest in the history of philosophy, in particular classical Pragmatism and Hegel.

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Simon Stubbs

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Radivoj Stupar

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Joshua Thomas

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Josh's PhD research focuses on the relationship between human mortality and the meaning of life. He is also interested in immortality and the harmfulness of death in general, along with other areas of applied ethics and political philosophy.

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Rosa Vince

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Rosa’s main research interests are in feminism and philosophy of sex. Her thesis covers ‘the feminist sex wars’, discussing sadomasochism, prostitution and pornography and attempting to appreciate harm-based concerns of radical feminists, as well as considerations of liberty and approaches from feminist sex radicals. Rosa is also interested in other areas of feminism and questions surrounding sex, gender and sexuality, other areas of philosophy of sex, and philosophy of race.

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Pinelopi Voutsina

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Sabina Wantoch

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Sam Waters

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J Noël West

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Noël's research is in neuroscience and ethics. More specifically, how neuroscientific findings interact with ethical and metaethical theories and their applications. Additional interests include artificial intelligence, epistemology, and existentialism.

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Marlene Wilkinson

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Freda Wilner

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Victor Wolemonwu

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Victor's research is in bioethics and Kant's ethics. His thesis aims at employing Immanuel Kant’s theory of dignity in the evaluation of the ethical challenges (which include exploitation, exposure of the research participant to unjustifiable risks and the inducement of the participant to consent to research protocols) that arise because of the involvement of human subjects in biomedical research in Nigeria.

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