Welcome!

Welcome to the Centre for Engaged Philosophy at the University of Sheffield! The Centre for Engaged Philosophy brings together scholars and practitioners dedicated to philosophical practices that aim to inform, learn from, and build, ongoing collaborative relationships of import beyond the academy. 

This work is timely: our contemporary world is beset by complex problems. While philosophers were once deeply involved in addressing public affairs and social issues of their day, there is a tendency now to think of philosophy as an exercise in isolated reflection that abstracts away from real-world complexities. The Centre for Engaged Philosophy aims to engage philosophy deeply in the problems of our time, wrestling with the question of how careful thought might help to build a better future. 

News

Philosophy in Schools: Enrichend Curriculum, Enriched Lives – 19th of November

The event “Philosophy in Schools: Enriched Curriculum, Enriched Lives”, organied by centre co-director Josh Forstenzer and centre-member Angie Hobbs, is coming up on the 19th of November! When? Tuesday, 19/11/201913:00-19:30 Where? The RSA (Royal Society of Arts, Manufactures and Commerce), 8 John Adam StreetLondon, WC2N 6EZ, UK From the event description: “In the age of …

Date Change: Philosophy in Education Seminar Series

The date for the Education and Philosophy Seminar Series first event this semseter has changed from the 31st of October to the 28th of November. All other details remain the same: Charlotte Haines Lyon (York St John University): “Unpicking the neoliberal noose: working towards democratic parent engagement in a primary school” 2pm-3.30pm Humanities Research Institute …

Otis Mensah on Hip Hop, Philosophy, Access and Arts & Humanities

A discussion about Hip Hop and Philosophy and issues of Access in the Arts and Humanities 7th November 2019, 6:00pm – 7.00pmLecture Theatre 4 (LT4), Diamond Building “Sheffield’s very own Poet Laureate and Hip Hop artist, Otis Mensah, presents a lecture on the intimate relationship between Hip Hop and Philosophy; arguing that the art form …

Members

Core Members

Chris Bennett

Chris’s research includes work on criminal justice, punishment and alternatives to punishment; as well as topics in moral psychology, such as moral emotions, blame and forgiveness.
Megan Blomfield

Megan’s research concerns global justice and the environment, focusing on the ethical and political dimensions of climate change.
T. Ryan Byerly

Ryan’s current research includes work on the character trait of others-centredness, the virtues of the intellectually dependable person, and the collective character traits of religious congregations
Lijiaozi Cheng (Cheer Cheng)

Lijiaozi looks at concepts and experiences of health, disease and “sub-health”, the grey area between disease and health. She combines conceptual analysis with ethnographic research, in exploring how people construct accounts of their body and mind, weaving through different cultural frameworks when visiting alternative medicine.
Matthew Cull

Matthew’s research looks at the nature of gender categories and how they might be improved in ways that promote justice, especially for trans people.
Josh Forstenzer
Co-Director

Josh’s research focuses on the value of democratic deliberative norms and practices. His most recent research pays special attention to the democratic value of higher education.
Isela González Vázquez

Isela works on Feminism, Philosophy of Science, and Philosophy of Biology. Their PhD focuses on the role of values in science, with a particular focus on biological accounts of sexual orientation.
Richard Hassall

Richard’s research is on the effects that psychiatric diagnoses have on their recipients. Specifically, this concerns the manner in which such medicalised diagnoses impact on an individual’s self-narrative and how this may lead to experiences of epistemic injustice
Angie Hobbs

Angie is Professor for the Public Understanding of Philosophy. She focusses on ethics, political theory and ancient philosophy, and appears regularly in press, TV and radio, discussing issues like democracy, refugees or philosophy in schools. Also, she is member of the 2018-9 World Economic Forum Council for Values, Ethics and Innovation.
Jules Holroyd
Co-Director

Jules’ research focuses on ways that our cognitions are influenced by, and complicit in, injustices that track social identity, such as gender and race. Her recent work has focused on implicit racial bias.
Anna Klieber
Web & Media Project Assistant

Anna is interested in feminist philosophy of language. Their research mainly focusses on silence and its role in conversations. They are also interested in social and political epistemology and philosophy of language more gerally.
Robbie Morgan

Robbie is interested in the philosophy of sex and feminist philosophy. His current research is on the wrongness of sexual offences, the definition of ‘sexual act’, and whether a notion of sexualisation can help us to explain the harms of objectification.
Will Morgan

Will works on metaphysics, the philosophy of biology, and the intersection between these two areas. Specifically, he is interested in the problem of biological individuality in the philosophy of biology and how it bears on questions about composition in metaphysics.
Eric Olson

Eric has written on the possibility of life after death, what makes it bad to die, and the metaphysics of transhumanism and artificial intelligence.
Maria J Pietrini Sanchez

Maria works primarily on Ethics, Political Philosophy and Theory, and Feminism. Her research examines different approaches to the surrogacy debate, including the self-ownership view and the autonomy view. Particularly, her research focuses on commercial contractual surrogacy.
Barney Riggs

Barney works on the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. He is concerned with developing an account of Kierkegaard’s concept of busyness, as both a personal-religious and a socio-political critique.
Henry Roe
Web & Media Project Assistant

Henry is interested in epistemic vice and, in particular, arrogance. His thesis will explore how arrogance manifests in groups and the varieties of harm this supports.
Komarine Romdenh-Romluc

Komarine works in phenomenology. She has two current research projects: one is on the nature of habit, which she is exploring in clinical settings; the other is concerned with issues of power and communication between different cultures.
Jennifer Saul

Jenny’s current research is mainly in two areas: ways to improve workplaces (especially academia) to make them more welcoming for members of marginalised groups; and the pragmatics of sexism and racism in political speech.
Robert Stern

Bob is working on the Danish philosopher and theologian K. E. Løgstrup, who focuses on issues surrounding care, inter-dependence and vulnerability, and what it might mean to ‘love the neighbour’.
Rosa Vince

Rosa’s main research interests are in feminism and philosophy of sex. Her thesis examines the different kinds of feminist critiques and defences of pornography, and explores whether there are necessary harms in pornography or only contingent ones.
Alana Wilde

Alana works on the metaphysics of disability, particularly in relation to mental health related disabilities. Her work involves trying to develop an account of mental health related disability which does not commit us to the view that being disabled is negative. She is also interested in social ontology more broadly, as well as philosophy of language.