UCL Philosophy


Dr Robert Simpson

Associate Professor

Dept of Philosophy

Faculty of Arts & Humanities

Joined UCL
1st Jan 2018

Research summary

My main research interests are in social and political philosophy, primarily related to freedom of speech. I'm interested in figuring out the best ways to reconcile a robust commitment to free speech with recognition of the strong case for regulating various forms of communication that are harmful to individuals and corrosive to societies. I also work on a range of issues in political theory, social epistemology, ethics, and applied ethics.

Teaching summary

I teach various courses in political and legal philosophy at the undergraduate and postgraduate level, on topics like free speech, autonomy, obscenity, censorship and liberalism.