Rasa Davadiciute

Rasa’s primary research interests are in political and legal theory, applied ethics and philosophy of culture. Her thesis investigates the viability of presenting obligations to preserve cultural heritage as human rights. She also has a keen interest in international criminal law, especially as it relates to the prosecution of crimes involving cultural heritage destruction.

Eline Gerritsen

Eline is a PhD candidate specialising in meta-ethics and meta-normativity. She is broadly interested in what it takes for norms or rules to be normative, and what it means if they are not. Her research particularly focuses on the normativity of morality. Her thesis connects the traditional question ‘why be moral?’ to contemporary discussions of moral and normative error theory. In this context, she examines 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

Jakob’s 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, he wants 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.

Joel Joseph

Joel’s primary interests are in moral and political philosophy. His thesis is on the ethics of assisting wild animals.

Lara Jost

Lara’s research interests intersect epistemology, feminist philosophy and philosophy of mind. She is particularly interested in the injustice towards marginalised groups when it comes to knowledge, and how taking into account lived experience into our knowledge frameworks could improve their lives. Thus, her thesis deals with the question: can evaluative beliefs be justified using attitudes that are aimed at values, in order to gain knowledge? On the side, she also works on microaggressions and how our emotions could help us detect such phenomena. 

Josh Kelsall

Josh’s research interests are primarily in political and moral philosophy, and his PhD is on Trust and Public Engagement.

Nick Kuespert

Nick works at the intersection of social epistemology and metaethics. His PhD is on the epistemic significance of moral agreement and disagreement. In particular, he is interested in whether (and if so, how) our reactions to agreement and disagreement with others should differ when it comes to moral matters rather than non-moral issues. He also has interests in feminist philosophy and formal epistemology. When not doing philosophy, Nick is a passionate climber and enjoys hiking.

Colin McLean

Colin’s research focuses primarily on the limits of public policy within broadly liberal societies. His thesis concerns the justification of policies that explicitly aim to influence the normative commitments of persons, with reference to topics such as the foundations of liberal political morality, the nature of liberal freedom, and the significance of value pluralism.

Johannes Nickl

Johannes‘ main research interests lie in the field of Kant’s ethics. In his PhD thesis, he focuses on Kant’s conception of conscience. He aims at shedding light on the question to what extent Kant’s ethical theory relies on conscience and how the latter bears a positive effect on an agent’s morality. Related to this topic, he is particularly interested in the role of moral feelings (e.g., sympathy), questions of moral motivation, and the demandingness of moral duties to oneself. His further interests include the ancient Greek philosophy, normative ethics, and legal philosophy.
He is supervised by Jens Timmermann and Simon Hope.

Anuj Puri

Anuj’s research focuses on the group right to privacy. He is specifically interested in examining privacy as a social value. His research is supervised by Prof. Katherine Hawley and Prof. Kirstie Ball.

Saranga Sudarshan

Saranga is 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, he defends a version of political realism on the basis that it offers the best theory of political legitimacy given what he additionally defends as the best explanation of reasonable disagreement about justice: as a combination of canonical disputes and metalinguistic negotiation. He is also interested in various practical ethical issues like capital punishment and restrictions of inheritance. His main research interests are in political theory, philosophy language, metaethics, and metaphysics.


Charlotte Unruh (Visiting PhD Student)

Charlotte specializes in moral and political philosophy. Her PhD thesis relates the philosophy of harm and intergenerational justice. During her visit at CEPPA, Charlotte is planning to work on questions in effective altruism.