Teaching and supervision

I have taught a wide variety of undergraduate and postgraduate modules in ethics and political philosophy. I find teaching very enjoyable and challenging.

My aim is to communicate two things to my students: a sense of why it is worth thinking hard about the topics they are studying, and a sense of how to make progress in doing so—where that needn’t be a sense of how to solve an outstanding philosophical problem, but could instead be just a matter of getting clearer about the nature of it.

Of course, this is easier said than done. I spend a lot of time trying to think of better ways of doing it. One way I’ve tried recently is a partially flipped method, in which I ask students to view pre-recorded narrated slideshows covering basic material, in advance of the regular lecture—which leaves more time for discussions in class. Partly as a result of the success of this method, I received a Lord Dearing Award in July 2016.

I am on research leave in 2016-17, supported by a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship.

Research students

Currently I have six PhD students, working on diverse and really interesting projects. Katrina O’Keefe (supervised with Neil Sinclair) is working on the Ethics of Cancer Care. Milo Nanni (supervised with Penelope Mackie) is working on Moral Responsibility and Ignorance. Samaneh Keshavarz (supervised with Penelope Mackie) is working on Intention and Weakness of Will. Marcus Lee (supervised mainly by Neil Sinclair and Uri Leibowitz) is working on metaethics and moral development. Joseph Adams (supervised with Jussi Suikkanen) is working on consequentialism and desert. Tom Crawley (supervised with Iain Law) is working on well-being and disability. I have already learned a great deal from them.

I am always interested in hearing from potential research students with interests in normative ethics, applied ethics, or political philosophy—especially but not exclusively in areas connected with pattern-based reasons, consequentialism, and utilitarianism. Please get in touch to discuss your ideas, and note the funding available at Nottingham through the Midlands3Cities Doctoral Training Partnership.