UCL Philosophy Department information for current research students.
- This guide in Moodle contains all the essential information for research students in the Philosophy Department.
- MPhil Stud modules: List of provisional 2018/19 modules with brief descriptions.
- Key Contacts: Who to get in touch with for various enquiries.
- Timetable for MPhil Stud modules
- Supervision List
Summer Term 2018
Student Term 3 Supervisor Naomi Alderson Ulrike Heuer Showkat Ali Véronique Munoz-Dardé Euan Allison Ulrike Heuer Klara Andersson Douglas Lavin Tom Avery Mark Kalderon Julian Bacharach Rory Madden George Baker Joe Horton & Véronique Munoz-Dardé (1 meeting) Sebastian Bishop-Bennett Robert Simpson Akosua Bonsu Mark Kalderon Luke Burke Daniel Rothschild Christabel Cane Luke Fenton-Glynn Vanessa Carr Rory Madden & Luke Fenton-Glynn (1 meeting) & Simona Aimar (1 meeting) Lisa Cernilogar Fiona Leigh Tony Cheng Rory Madden & Lucy O'Brien Niels Christensen Fiona Leigh Kathrine Cuccuru Mark Kalderon Nicholas Currie Jessica Leech (KCL) Catherine Dale Mark Kalderon Luke Devereux Joe Horton & Han van Wietmarschen (2 meetings) Will Eckersley Fiona Leigh & David Sedley (2 meetings) Taylor Enoch Sarah Richmond Lawrence Evans Fiona Leigh Ben Fardell James Wilson & Douglas Lavin (1 meeting) Peter Faulconbridge Douglas Lavin & Lucy O'Brien (1 meeting) Miguel Ferreira Dos Santos Away Jessica Fischer Véronique Munoz-Dardé Lisa Grant Luke Fenton-Glynn Adam Harwood José Zalabardo Herbert Hu Rory Madden Tasnim Ismail Amia Srinivasan Charles Jansen Rory Madden Antroula Kafa Douglas Lavin Heejin Kwon José Zalabardo Kirstine La Cour Mark Kalderon & Véronique Munoz-Dardé (1 meeting) Antonio Lai Fiona Leigh James Laing Lucy O'Brien Michael Markunas Mark Kalderon Rowan Mellor Véronique Munoz-Dardé Polly Mitchell James Wilson & Luke Fenton-Glynn (1 meeting) Jack Osborn Moar Tom Stern Pat Nogoy Han Van Wietmarschen Charlie Neil Amia Srinivasan Barbara Nunez De Caceres Gonzalez Tom Stern David Olbrich GS-XDis in Psychology (& Mark Kalderon) Emmanuel Ordonez Angulo Mark Kalderon Oda Ottosen Rory Madden Edgar Phillips Ulrike Heuer & Amia Srinivasan (1 meeting) Rory Phillips Sebastian Gardner Vicente Rodriguez Sarah Richmond & Tom Stern Joshua Rowlands Luke Fenton-Glynn Rebecca Rowson Rory Madden Josephine Salverda Luke Fenton-Glynn Vittorio Sandri Sebastian Gardner Ashley Shaw Lucy O'Brien & Ulrike Heuer (1 meeting) Laura Silva Exchange Montreal Daniel Simons José Zalabardo David Sommer Sebastian Gardner Winnie Sung Rory Madden & Mark Kalderon Shunichi Takagi José Zalabardo Samuel Tyer Douglas Lavin Nikhil Venkatesh Véronique Munoz-Dardé Yanze Wang Joe Horton Victor Weber Tom Stern Tom Williams Mike Martin & Mark Kalderon Eliana Zur-Szpiro Véronique Munoz-Dardé & James Wilson (1 meeting)
- MPhil Stud First Year Students
Contact A-Z Research Naomi Alderson Euan Allison Klara Andersson George Baker Christabel Cane Lisa Cernilogar Lawrence Evans Adam Harwood Tasnim Ismail Chun-Yu Lai Erika Mastrorosa Jack Moar Patrick Nogoy Daniel Simons Leora Sung Samuel Tyer Yanze Wang Victor Weber
For contact details please see the UCL directory.
- MPhil Stud Second Year Students
Luke Devereux Will Eckersley Herbert Hu Kirstine La Cour Emmanuel Ordonez Angulo Oda Ottosen Vicente Rodriquez Rebecca Rowson Nikhil Venkatesh
For contact details please see the UCL directory.
- PhD Students
Contact A-Z Research Showkat Ali Interests: Moral and Political Philosophy Tom Avery Julian Bacharach
My main area of research is in the metaphysics of mind and action, with a particular focus on the temporal aspects of rational human agency. I also have interests in the foundations of value, and in Kant, Frege, and Wittgenstein.
Sebastian Bishop-Bennett Akosua Bonsu
Interests: Philosophy of psychiatry, the self, the emotions, history of philosophy & Phenomenology
Current: My PhD thesis proposes a particular relationship between shame and the self, and in light of this, argues for a particular interpretation of bodily shame.
Interests: formal semantics, logic, philosophy of language and of linguistics, the ontology of musical works
Vanessa Carr Interests: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Action, Philosophy of Science, and Psychology. Tony Cheng
Interests: Philosophy of Perception and Psychology; Metaphysics and Epistemology
Current: In the past few years I have been focusing on the relation between visual attention and consciousness. Now in the PhD dissertation Sense, Space, and Self, I seek to argue that the first-person is in many ways implicated in sense perception and bodily awareness. I am also interested in various areas in psychology, such as attention, cross-modal effects, and cognitive development. I have been doing joint works with Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL, and Institute of Philosophy, University of London.
Interests: Early Modern Philosophy, Aesthetics, Hume, Kant, philosophical practice.
Current research: Early eighteenth-century British conceptions of the sublime. My PhD explores the psychological, moral, and metaphysical commitments of accounts prior to Edmund Burke, particularly John Dennis and Shaftesbury. It expands on and challenges aspects of the existing view of the sublime in the history of aesthetics.
Nicholas Currie Interests: Transcendental idealism (and Kantian philosophy more generally), absolute idealism, normativity and truth, pragmatism, the later philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein, Wilfrid Sellars and the Pittsburgh school, 20th century anti-realism (i.e., Dummett, Putnam), Scottish common-sense philosophy, Aristotle (in particular the Organon), intersubjectivity and moral reasoning, aesthetics. Catherine Dale Interests: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language, Feminist Philosophy, (Later) Wittgenstein, and Early Modern Philosophy. Taylor Enoch
Interests: Aesthetics, philosophy of art, and neuroaesthetics; interdisciplinary philosophy of psychology, esp. Gestaltism; metaphilosophy and experimental philosophy; phenomenology, existentialism, and absurdism.
Current: Generally, my work focuses on methodology and interdisciplinarity in philosophical aesthetics. My MPhil thesis concerns the Analytic Aestheticians of the mid-20C and their attempted methodological shift, especially for the notions of analyticity and systematicity. My PhD thesis shall sketch what I call a 'methodologically prior' aesthetics.
Interests: Ethics, Value theory, Practical reason, Political philosophy.
I'm currently interested in what it could mean for something to be 'priceless'. In the face of the highly influential aggregative picture of individual practical reasoning, this is hard. Importantly, the issue affects how we conceive of well-being, which I believe must import qualitative and not just quantitative distinctions in value. These might be expressed in terms of some notion of need, as opposed to what is unnecessary.
Interests: Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Psychiatry, Wittgenstein, Aesthetics.
Current: I am currently looking at the relations between content, belief and rationality, in particular as they figure in the philosophical and psychiatric literature on delusion.
Miguel Ferreira Dos Santos
Interests: Philosophical Methodology, Metaphysics, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Mind, and Ethics. Jessica Fischer Lisa Grant
Interests: Political and Moral Philosophy.
Current: Issues of state legitimacy, state coercion, anarchism and the relation of these to questions of feasibility. I have also done work on the concept of feasibility generally and its role in political and moral philosophy and intend to continue this and incorporate it into the above.
My research aims to demonstrate how an account of persons as animals might helpfully contribute to other debates in which an account of personhood might be expected to play a key theoretical role (e.g. in value theory and the philosophy of mind). I'm currently looking into the role that an account of animal nature might play in the interpretation and evaluation of other people's evaluative perspectives, and into related ideas concerning a distinctively human second nature/ethical upbringing.'
Andrew Knox Interests: Political Philosophy, Ethics, Metaethics, Philosophy of History.
Current: The relationship between ethical and political philosophy and the possibility of political philosophy that does not rely on of moral premises.
Heejin Kwon James Laing Interests: philosophy of mind, metaphysics and ethics. My MPhil Thesis was on the experience of time.
Michael Markunas Interests: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Perception and Neuroscience. Also interested in Nietzsche and Wittgenstein. Rowan Mellor I am currently working on a study of collective responsibility. Recently, important philosophical work has been conducted on both individual moral responsibility and the logic and metaphysics of plurals. My research attempts to bring this work together to provide a novel account of collective responsibility: moral responsibility for an action/outcome which is ascribed to a plurality of agents, rather than a single agent. I believe that this account can help resolve problem cases in which something morally wrong appears to have been done, but where it seems inappropriate to criticise individuals for their actions. Such cases seem prevalent in the modern world e.g. climate change, consumer patterns which perpetuate unacceptable working conditions etc. Polly Mitchell
Interests: Moral and political philosophy, bioethics, public policy. Charlie Neil
Interests: Epistemology. Barbara Nunez De Caceres Gonzalez David Olbrich
Interests: Ethics, Normativity, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Action.
Current Research: I'm looking at what makes the moral 'must' distinctive, and in light of this, what has to be true if we are to be subject to moral obligations at all.
Interests: Philosophy of mind and psychology, philosophy of action, epistemology. Current: Rationality and irrationality; theories of rationality and irrationality in philosophy and psychology; values, ways of thinking and 'rationalising' explanation; intersubjective understanding and 'the agent's point of view'.
Rory Phillips Interests: Kant, Fichte, Later modern philosophy, General philosophy of science, philosophy of biology, philosophy of mind, epistemology, metaethics and metaphilosophy. Josephine Salverda
Interests: Philosophy of Mathematics, Epistemology and Philosophy of Science.
Current research: I am working towards an account of explanation in mathematics.
Vittorio Sandri Ashley Shaw
Philosophy of Mind and Philosophy of Language: I am interested in the content, ascription and epistemology of neglected psychological attitudes (e.g. non-representational attitudes like desire, non-propositional attitudes, de se attitudes). My research has led me to think about interrogatives and imperatives in natural language. I am also interested in how these attitudes interact, the nature of attitudinal conflict or inconsistency, and associated issues like Moore's Paradox.
Laura Silva David Sommer Winnie Sung Shunichi Takagi Jonas Vandieken
Interests: Moral and Political Philosophy with special focus on contractualist theories developed by Rawls and Scanlon, History of Philosophy, Epistemology, Bioethics. Jonny Wolf Eliana Zur-Szpiro
For contact details please see the UCL directory.