Nick’s PhD research is on the intersection between Feminist Epsitemology and Meta-ethics. More specifically, he suspects that many of the issues found in mainstream epistemology, which are discussed by feminist epistemologists, may also occur in mainstream meta-ethics (or at least analogous problems). Nick hopes to employ the lessons of feminist epistemology, in combination with existing feminist meta-ethical research, in order to create a feminist critical account of mainstream meta-ethics along these lines.
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.
Enrico’s main research interests include early modern philosophy, ethics, and its history. His Ph.D. project focuses primarily on David Hume’s theory of virtue and contemporary Hume-inspired moral theories. In the past, Enrico has been a DAAD fellow at the Göttingen Institute of Advanced Study and the University of Cologne (Germany) where he has worked on the French Enlightenment, which remains one of his prominent interests.
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’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.
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.
Nick works at the intersection of social epistemology and metaethics. Their PhD is on the epistemic significance of moral agreement and disagreement. In particular, they are 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. They also have interests in feminist philosophy and formal epistemology. When not doing philosophy, Nick is a passionate climber and enjoys hiking.
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‘ 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’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.
Luca Stroppa’s primary interests are population ethics, moral theories and wellbeing theories. His research focuses on what makes the difference between a life worth living and a life worth not living, and is an attempt to challenge some background assumptions in Population Ethics in order to make some progress towards a population axiology. He is also interested in personal identity, infinite ethics and logical puzzles such as Sorites arguments and spectrum arguments.
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.