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. 


Upcoming Online Event on Philosophy of Climate Change

The Oxford Climate Society and the Oxford Faculty of Philosophy are hosting a series of online events on the Ethics of Climate Change, bringing “together some of the world’s leading experts in climate ethics — John Broome,  Megan Blomfield, Henry Shue and Simon Caney — to showcase the latest and cutting edge work in the area.” …

A lot of Engaged Philosophy by Centre-member Megan Blomfield

As we’ve posted in January, our centre-member Megan Blomfield started off the year 2020 with co-organizing a series of workshops on Land Rights in a Changing Climate in Norway, talking place between the 27th and 31st of January. Since then, she’s presented a lot more engaged work, addressing important issues of our time: In February, …

Centre member T. Ryan Byerly on “Being an Intellectually Dependable Person”

In his newest post on the blog “Open for Debate“, centre member T. Ryan Byerly writes about what it means to be an intellectually dependenable person and what intellectual virtues are connected to that. As he writes, “[w]e are often at the mercy of others when we are trying to figure things out. The same …




Further information about past philosophy events at Sheffield can be found on the departmental web page.


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.
Thyra Elsasser

Thyra’s research concerns conceptual resources and their role in advancing social justice. In particular, she is interested in attempts to ameliorate existing or develop new conceptual resources designed to contribute to socially critical projects.
Josh Forstenzer

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.
Jane Gatley

Jane works in philosophy of education. She is interested in the aims of education, the curriculum and the place of philosophy in schools. She is also interested in the nature and value of philosophy. Her thesis presents an argument for teaching philosophy in schools.
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

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.
Ashley L. Pennington

Ashley’s research focuses on the intersection of identities and feminist philosophy of language and pragmatics. Her current research looks at the role of socially share values, beliefs and values in the in the use and misuse of language. In particular, her work is currently concerned with language and it’s relationship to police violence.
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.  
Sabina R. Wantoch

Sabina’s research is about anomalous experiences (voices/ visions, often described as hallucinations) and how the way that they are framed may affect the very experiences themselves. Their research weaves together work in phenomenology with critical psychiatry and the contemporary mad movement.  
Elliott Woodhouse

Elliott studies the ethics and global justice of climate geo-engineering. He is particularly interested in human/nature dichotomy and the role it plays in thinking about our responsibilities in a time of catastrophic climate change