UCL Philosophy



UCL has one of the largest philosophy departments in the UK, with research strengths in many areas.


You can also find a list of our staff, by area of specialisation, on the Research page. Here, they are listed alphabetically.

Academic permanent staff
Research fellows
Associate Lecturers
Affiliated academic staff
Honorary & Emeritus


Administrative staff

The Department Office is located in room 101 of 19 Gordon Square and is open for student enquiries 10-12 and 2-4pm.

Department Manager
Sophie Grant

Senior Teaching and Learning Administrator (Postgraduate)
Richard Edwards

Senior Teaching and Learning Administrator (Undergraduate)
Emily Wilkes

BA Teaching and Learning Administrator
Isobel Clarke

BA Student Adviser
Karthik Sundaram

Academic staff by administrative role


PhD students
  • Showkat Ali: Ethics, Political Philosophy
  • Euan Allison
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    My research examines the nature of stigma and its normative status. I argue that stigma is constitutively related to shaming and to social norms and standards. I argue that these connections are also key to understanding the threat stigma poses to our individuality and self-respect. Website: https://sites.google.com/view/euanallison/
  • Thomas Avery
  • George Britten-Neish
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    I‘m interested in perceptual experience as the most familiar and ongoing point of contact between mind and world. Informed by contemporary cognitive science and philosophy, my thesis tries to answer questions about what it is that perceptual experience put us in touch with, and how this contact is structured across time.
  • Christabel Cane
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    I'm interested in how objects can be different to themselves - specifically across time and according to various counterfactual possibilities. My thesis advocates a metaphysics of objects that highlights the role of temporal and modal parts to explain these differences.
  • Lucas Chebib
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    I spend the long nights thinking about indeterminacy, authority and imagination in ethics; about how we work out what sorts of people we are and what sorts of people we need to be; about love and wishful thinking. Please talk to me about Bernard Williams, Pre-Raphaelite art and The Arsenal.
  • Chandler Clark
  • Cristina Diana Craciun
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    My primary areas of interest are the Philosophy of Mind and Epistemology. I’m especially interested in the rationality of emotions, and my thesis will focus on emotions about imagined scenarios and fiction.  When not doing philosophy, I’m likely reading, writing stories, rock climbing, or playing video games. https://medium.com/@diana.c10
  • Catherine Dale:
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    My research focuses on the metaphysics of persons and human agency, particularly their interpersonal aspects, and related topics in philosophy of mind and moral psychology. In my work, I think about gender and feminism, disability, childhood, and empirical research. I also knit and crochet, a lot.
  • Luca Dondoni:
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    Before joining UCL, Luca Dondoni completed an MPhil. Stud. in Philosophy at King’s College London, and studied at Collegio Ghislieri (Pavia, IT), where he received a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Pavia, and an M.A. from IUSS. His main research interests lie at the crossroads between ancient Greek philosophy (especially later Plato and the Presocratics) and contemporary metaphysics of mind (especially consciousness), with a specific focus on the distribution of mind within the physical reality.

  • Sepehr Ehsani
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    Sepehr studied pathobiology at the University of Toronto at the BSc and PhD levels, and was a postdoctoral fellow at MIT from 2013 to 2016. He has been studying philosophy at UCL since 2017 and is researching the augmentation of mechanistic explanations of disease with hypothesized cell biological principles.
  • Taylor Enoch:
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    Taylor's research interests are in aesthetics, neuroesthetics, and phenomenology. His doctoral research is on methodology for studying aesthetic experiences, and proposes a neuro-phenomenological approach based on the method of epoché.
  • Lawrence Evans
    I am mainly interested in ancient philosophy, particularly Aristotle and Plato, but I also have a broad interest in the history of philosophy generally. My research is focused primarily on Aristotle's conception of eudaimonia (or happiness).
  • Josh Goh
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    I'm interested in most areas of metaphysics, and some philosophy of religion. My thesis is on the metaphysics of causation.
  • Alice Harberd
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    I am a first-year PhD student working at the intersection of Aesthetics, Value Theory and Philosophy of Mind. I'm interested in whether there are cognitive aspects of artistic value, and if there are, how they relate to self-knowledge and the affective significance we ascribe to what we already know. I also work as a classical singer. I love cooking and have two cats. 
  • Karri Heikkinen
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    I'm a first-year PhD student working in normative and applied ethics. My interests include population ethics, future people, interpersonal aggregation, animal ethics, and how we ought to act under risk and uncertainty. Outside of philosophy, I compete in freestyle skiing on national UK university level with UCL Snowsports.
  • Lizzy Holt
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    My research interests are in moral and political philosophy, and in feminist theory. I mainly work on issues concerning our sexual relations, ‘structural injustice’, and the relationship between those two things. If you are looking for the other bald philosopher who worked on sex, see: michel-foucault.com.
  • Jack Hume
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    My research explores the relationship between liberal democracy and artistic expression. For instance, why should governments support artistic and cultural goods, even if not everybody takes an interest in them? I draw influence from the political philosophies of Rawls, Dworkin and Raz, as well as debates in aesthetics and social epistemology. 
  • Tasnim Ismail: I am interested in phenomenology and personal identity.
  • Dilara Küçük
  • Kirstine la Cour:
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    I work on accountability and communication as these figure in debates within moral responsibility, philosophy of mind and action, and philosophy of language. I also spent a year of my PhD in UCL Linguistics. I am currently writing my thesis on the moral psychology of apology.
  • Antonio Chun-Yu Lao
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    Ancient philosophy, particularly Plato
  • Chris Leak: 
  • Kim Leontiev
  • Michael Markunas:
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    My research centres on knowledge by acquaintance. In this way, I work at the intersection of the philosophy of perception, mind, language, and epistemology. I also compete in Olympic Weightlifting for Ronin Strength, an east London based gym, and won a Silver Medal for UCL at the British University Championships. 
  • Jelena Milosavljevic
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    I am interested in ancient theories of action and moral psychology, particularly those found in Aristotle's ethics. My MPhil research was on his evaluation of pleasures and its application to some problem cases, such as akrasia. More broadly, I also like contemporary metaethics, and sometimes I try to understand Hegel.
  • Alex Murphy
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    I research how virtual reality can improve various parts of our theoretical philosophy. I consider what virtual reality might teach us about different theories of meaning and phenomenal experience. I hope to use these insights to improve semantic responses to scepticism and to develop our understanding of the ineffable.
  • Oushinar Nath
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    My primary philosophical interests are in epistemology (particularly, epistemological issues pertaining to virtues), and before coming to UCL I studied philosophy at the Universities of Oxford and Sussex. When not doing philosophy, I like to make miniature aircraft models.
  • Pat Nogoy
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    I think about ways in which liberal approaches accomodate citizens of faith and goods related to religion. My research has led me to examine neighboring topics like perfectionism, neutralism, reasonableness, tradition, and preferences. I also enjoy exploring architecture, guitars, and mediterrenean and asian cuisine.
  • Bárbara Núñez de Cáceres Gonzalez
  • Filippa Ronquist
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    Filippa Ronquist works in moral and political philosophy. Her PhD work focuses on questions relating to practical authority and power, within political contexts and beyond. She also writes on topics in practical reason, and takes a special interest in legal philosophy and political realism.
  • Rebecca Rowson
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    My work challenges prevailing ideas about the metaphysics of expression, focusing on topics that intersect the philosophy of perception and the philosophy of emotion.   I have been runner up in the UCL philosophy fantasy football league for a regrettable number of years.  
  • Kenta Sekine
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    I’m interested in topics in moral psychology, metaethics and political philosophy. My thesis explores the political dimensions (if any!) of the relations between norms, fault and hard feelings. I’m currently on an interdisciplinary year with UCL Laws.
  • David Sommer
  • Leora Urim Sung
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    Leora is a third year PhD student with research interests in moral aggregation and moral uncertainty. Her PhD thesis, supervised by Dr Joe Horton, aims to provide non-consequentialist arguments to save the many, based on what we are rationally required to do given certain moral premises. 
  • Jean-Philippe Thomas: My main research interests lie in ethics and metaphysics. I particularly enjoy working on issues (e.g. the non-identity problem) where both areas intersect.
  • Michael Thorne
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    My research is in epistemology, moral philosophy, and Wittgenstein. My thesis explores Wittgenstein’s idea that thinking takes place against an ‘inherited background’, relating this idea to genealogical debunking, the epistemology of disagreement, and theories of personal autonomy.
  • Victor Braga Weber
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    I work on the relationship between genetic (particularly historical) knowledge and political realism. My research has led me to topics in political philosophy, ethics, the philosophy of language, the history of philosophy, and the philosophy of history, as well as to an interdisciplinary research year in the UCL History Department. 
  • Fiona Whittingham
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    My primary interest is in philosophy of mind, and interactions with ethics and metaphysics. I'm particularly interested in responsibility and autonomy, and pragmatism. Lately I've been thinking about the mechanisms and status of self-knowledge, and implications for moral psychology topics.
MPhil Students
  • Samuel Abel
  • Liam Barer
  • Daniel Beatty
  • Rosa Bell
  • Arianna Bosio
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    My current interests are in moral philosophy, especially as applied to the field of global priorities research, epistemology, and I also have side-interests in philosophy of mind and of biology. Before coming to UCL, I obtained an MA from King's College London, and a BA from Essex, both in Philosophy.  
  • Dominic Bowles
  • James Brassington
  • Pietro Cespoli
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    (BA Honours, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, University of Southampton) While exploring multiple areas of Philosophy, my interests include the philosophy of language, philosophy of science, and ethics.
  • David Chandler
    (B.A., Philosophy, King's College London) I'm interested in the life and philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein.
  • Luka Chilvers
    I have interests in the philosophy of language, Wittgenstein, and aesthetics.
  • James Cornish
  • Laura Custers
  • Jonathan Fryer
    (BA Philosophy, University of Bristol) My interests include Philosophy of Psychology, Bioethics, and Moral Philosophy.
  • India Griffiths
  • Adam Haddour
    My research interests include the philosophy of law, particularly analytic jurisprudence. I am also interested in philosophical issues arising from public policy dilemmas, the provision of healthcare and collectivised risk. If you are considering graduate study in philosophy and would like to speak to someone on the MPhil programme, please do send me an email.
  • Daniel Hague
  • Adam Hudson
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    My research interests include the philosophy of law, particularly analytic jurisprudence. I am also interested in philosophical issues arising from public policy dilemmas, the provision of healthcare and collectivised risk. If you are considering graduate study in philosophy and would like to speak to someone on the MPhil programme, please do send me an email.
  • Hongyi Li
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    Hongyi is interested in reflections about freedom, responsibility, and living well. He pursues them from contemporary ethics, philosophy of mind and action, and the European philosophical tradition starting from Kant. He also has a strong interest in legal and political philosophy, especially insofar as they shed light on those issues.
  • Harry Long
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    I am particularly interested in metaphilosophy and formal epistemology. I’m currently looking into the threat that the reference class problem and Simpson’s paradox may pose for certain projects in philosophy that output hypotheses about tendencies. 
  • Katie Lowe
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    My interests include philosophy of language, mind and epistemology of testimony. Currently, I'm looking at different understandings of the uptake of speech acts. 
  • Edward Makin
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    I am primarily interested in philosophy of cognitive science, philosophy of mind and the metaphysics of consciousness; in particular, I am interested in issues surrounding the mind-body problem and the “hard problem of consciousness”. Relatedly, I am interested in Episodic Memory, and autonoetic consciousness in non-human animals.
  • Roman Melnikov
    I study the most profound philosopher I've yet encountered: G. W. F. Hegel. Particularly the metaphysics of The Science of Logic. Otherwise I am invested in metaphysics, issues in mathematical logic particularly incompleteness, Deleuze, Nietzsche, and political theories of freedom. 
  • Alba Miriello
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    My research focuses on Plato's theory of learning. Website: https://ucl.academia.edu/AlbaMiriello
  • Dylan Ngan
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    (BA Philosophy, UCL) My research interests are on the philosophy of self and persons. My broader interests include metaphysics, identity, personhood, morality and Buddhism.
  • Nadja Plein
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    My main interest is in the philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty, particularly his work on language and freedom and how Gestalt theory underpins these ideas. (MA in Philosophy from Birkbeck; I have a background in painting and music, and a doctorate in music composition from the Royal College of Music, London.)
  • Lucy Psaila
    (B.A. Philosophy and Linguistics, University of Oxford) I am interested in topics in ethics and aesthetics, especially the overlap between the two.  

  • Asia Sakchatchawan
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    Philosophically, I like to think about virtue ethics, personal identity, and existentialism. I'm currently working on my MPhil Thesis “Other-mediated Self-consciousness in Liberal versus Communitarian Conceptions of Authenticity.” When I’m not thinking philosophically, I like to think of myself as either painting or playing tennis.
  • Timo Schobinger
  • Anita Semerani
  • Joseph Sibley
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    I'm broadly interested in ancient philosophy, and more particularly in the ethics and moral psychology of Plato and Aristotle. I'm also interested in contemporary ethics and political philosophy.
  • Wing Yi So
    Kant, Hegel; Free Energy Principle; Mathematical Philosophy.
  • Erica Stanley
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    (BSc Politics & Philosophy, LSE) My interests include ethics, political philosophy and moral psychology. My current dissertation project focuses on duties to resist oppression from the perspective of it's victims.

  • Haoyuan Wang
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    (B.A., Philosophy, Fudan University, 2021)My main interests are ethics and political philosophy (especially equality and fairness). Previously I have worked on distributive justice, while I’m also interested in critical theory. 
  • Helena Ward
  • Liane Wergen
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    Liane’s primary interests are in sexual ethics, social epistemology, theories of autonomy and moral philosophy. Currently, she is doing research on ideology critique, pornography, and consent. 
  • Yiran Yang