Joe Bowen

Joseph’s interests are in moral, legal, and political theory. Particularly, he is interested in the nature of rights, of harm, and of wronging. His thesis examines the relationship between right-ascriptions and harmless wrongdoing. Relatedly, he has an interest in the justification and limits of defensive harming, and just war theory.

Claire Field

Claire Field is a PhD student working on normativity. She is particularly interested in normative uncertainty and ignorance in ethics and epistemology. She is supervised by Jessica Brown and Brian Weatherson, and is supported by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities.

Her paper ‘It’s OK to Make Mistakes: Against the Fixed Point Thesis’ has just become available online at Episteme.

She is currently doing an internship funded by the Scottish Graduate School for Arts and Humanities in which she is collaborating with a charity called Theatre Nemo ( in their efforts to set up a Holistic Support Centre for people leaving prison. She is in the process of interviewing people and writing an article about the process of leaving prison and its effects on the self, motivation, responsibility, and reoffending.

She is also currently visiting at the University of Michigan.

Eline Gerritsen

Eline is a PhD candidate specialising in meta-ethics and meta-normativity. I am broadly interested in what it takes for norms or rules to be normative, and what it means if they are not. My research particularly focuses on the normativity of morality. My thesis connects the traditional question ‘why be moral?’ to contemporary discussions of moral and normative error theory. In this context, I examine the assumptions underlying these views, as well as their theoretical and practical consequences. Other interests include normative ethics and feminist philosophy.

Thesis: Why be moral? Moral normativity and scepticism

Jakob Hinze

My main research interests are in the area of democratic theory, especially epistemic democracy, the relation of knowledge and political power, and the significance of disagreement in public discourse. In particular, I want to investigate if and to what extent the concept of epistemic peerhood is applicable to politics, and whether an individual’s share of the political power should hinge on that person’s amount of knowledge about public issues.

Josh Kelsall

My research interests are primarily in political and moral philosophy, and my PhD is on Trust and Public Engagement.

Tom McKenna

Tom’s main research interests are in global justice, philosophy of law and moral philosophy. He is particularly interested in understanding the relationship between harm, fault and remedial obligations with a specific focus on how—if at all—these apply within the context of global poverty. His thesis centres around the question: Do we owe the global poor more than charity?


Anuj Puri

My research focuses on the group right to privacy. I am specifically interested in examining privacy as a social value. My research is supervised by Prof. Katherine Hawley and Prof. Kirstie Ball.

Janis Schaab

Janis Schaab’s research primarily focuses on Kantian approaches in contemporary ethics, metaethics, and moral psychology. More specifically, his thesis explores the prospects of the view known as Kantian Constructivism, according to which the source of morality’s normativity resides in the form of our own will. Despite this rather theoretical focus, his research also branches out into more applied areas such as the nature and foundations of rights, the significance of human dignity, and the demandingness of our positive duties (e.g., duties of beneficence).

Stefano Le Ro

I am a PhD candidate in Philosophy at the University of St Andrews and the University of Stirling. My thesis is entitled When Others Fail to Comply: Kant on Revolution, Self-defence, and Lying, and I am working under the supervision of Prof. Jens Timmermann and Prof. Sarah Broadie. I specialise in Kant’s and Kantian ethical, legal, and political philosophy. In addition to Kant’s and Kantian philosophy in general, my broader interests are history of philosophy, normative ethics, legal philosophy, and political philosophy. Before starting my PhD, I completed the philosophy BA at Università degli Studi di Milano, and then the philosophy MLitt at the University of St Andrews and the University of Stirling.

Saranga Sudarshan

I am a PhD candidate working on the role of reasonable disagreement about justice in the debate between political liberalism and political realism about political legitimacy. In particular, I defend a version of political realism on the basis that it offers the best theory of political legitimacy given what I additional defend as the best explanation of reasonable disagreement about justice: as a combination of canonical disputes and metalinguistic negotiation. I am also interested in various practical ethical issues like capital punishment and restrictions of inheritance. My main research interests are in political theory, philosophy language, metaethics, and metaphysics.