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Much of Dr Watkins' research focuses on ethical questions arising from the wrongs of the past. In some of his recent writings, he has examined the nature and value of forgiveness, particularly in deeply divided societies. He is currently working on the ethics of reparation, both in the context of ordinary interpersonal relationships and at the level of institutional responses to human rights violations.

He has broader research interests in both moral theory (especially moral luck, moral responsibility and deontological ethics) and philosophy of law (especially philosophy of international law).

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Dr Watkins is open to PhD applications in the fields of; 

  • Moral philosophy, including applied ethics, bioethics and normative moral theory

  • Transitional justice

  • Legal philosophy

  • Analytical political philosophy

  • Philosophy for children

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Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science

School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy and Politics

The Senator George J. Mitchell Institute for Global Peace, Security and Justice

Research students

PhD Title: Adult Children’s Filial Obligations to their Parents

Name: Hanhui Xu
Years of Study: 2014 - 
Country: China

PhD Title: Responsibility and Emotion Within the Context of the Criminal Law

Name: Craig Henderson
Years of Study: 2017 - 
Country: UK

Alumni: where are they now?

Dr Josh Milburn

PhD Title: The Political Turn in Animal Ethics

Years of Study: 2013-16
Country: UK
Current position: Associate Lecturer in Political Philosophy, University of York

Dr Tom Loonam

PhD Title: The Challenge of Cognitive Disability in Bioethics and Political Philosophy

Years of Study: 2011-15
Country: UK

Dr Julia Hynes

PhD Title: Virtue Ethics in Medicine and Education

Years of Study: 2005-8
Country: UK
Current position: Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics, University of Nicosia

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