Members Core Members Chris BennettChris’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 BlomfieldMegan’s research concerns global justice and the environment, focusing on the ethical and political dimensions of climate change. T. Ryan ByerlyRyan’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 CullMatthew’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 ForstenzerCo-DirectorJosh’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 VázquezIsela 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 HassallRichard’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 HolroydCo-DirectorJules’ 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 KlieberWeb & Media Project AssistantAnna 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 MorganRobbie 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 MorganWill 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 OlsonEric 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. PenningtonAshley’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 SanchezMaria 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 RiggsBarney 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 RoeWeb & Media Project AssistantHenry 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-RomlucKomarine 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 SaulJenny’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 SternBob 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 VinceRosa’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.