Talks and public engagement

Recent talks

‘Utilitarianism and Legitimacy’, at the XVth Conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), July 24-26, 2018.

‘Legitimacy as a Non-Normative Property’, workshop on legitimacy, University of East Anglia, 23-4 November 2017.

‘Knowing What is Good for You’, University of Nottingham, 8 February 2017.

‘Value and meaning in life’, Umeå University, 30 November 2016.

‘Rightness, Virtue, and Decisions’, presented at the XIVth Conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies, Lille Catholic University, 6-8 July 2016.

‘Idealising Forms of Utilitarianism’, session at the ISUS Summer School, Lille Catholic University, 4-5 July 2016.

‘Blame and error: some ethical distinctions’, presented at the symposium on Philosophy, Ergonomics and Applications in Complex Human Systems, University of Nottingham, 6th June 2016.

‘Well-being Subjectivism’, Open University, 9 September 2015.

‘Group Reasons in Uncooperative Contexts’, Equality and Cooperation project, University of Manchester, 27 January 2015.

‘Group Reasons in Uncooperative Contexts’, invited plenary presentation at Collective Intentionality IX, Indiana University, 10-13 September 2014.

‘Welfare Subjectivism, Valuing, and Desire’, presented at the XIIIth Conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies, Yokohama National University, 20-22 August 2014.

‘A Utilitarian Theory of Rights’, Nottingham Centre for Normative Political Theory, University of Nottingham, 13 May 2014.

‘Welfare Subjectivism, Valuing, and Desire’, Centre for Ethics, Law and Public Affairs, University of Warwick, 4 March 2014.

‘Promoting Health vs. Promoting Wellbeing’, Nottingham Health Humanities Showcase, University of Nottingham, 28 June 2013.

‘How can we make progress in the philosophy of welfare?’, Oxford Brookes University, 20 February 2013.

Panel discussion of Collective Memory, Identities and Communities, at the launch of the new building for the Centre for Advanced Studies, University of Nottingham, 10 October 2012.

‘Philosophical Theories of Wellbeing’, at the 2nd Annual Meeting of the Philosophy of Medicine, Health, and Wellbeing Interest Group, University of Nottingham, 19 September 2012.

Comments on Jennifer Hawkins’ (Duke) contribution to the conference Measures of Subjective Well-Being for Public Policy, University of Leeds, 13-15 July 2012.

Public engagement

I have participated in Nottingham’s Philosophy in Primary Schools project, which was hard work but fun. I also enjoy speaking at philosophy club meetings in local secondary schools, and would welcome invitations to do more of this.

I am a member of the Ethics Committee of Helen and Douglas House, a fantastic hospice for children and young adults.