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).
Dr Watkins is open to PhD applications in the fields of;
Moral philosophy, including applied ethics, bioethics and normative moral theory
Analytical political philosophy
Philosophy for children
PUBLIC OUTREACH AND KEY ACHIEVEMENTS
Alumni: where are they now?
Dr Josh Milburn
PhD Title: The Political Turn in Animal Ethics
Years of Study: 2013-16
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
Dr Julia Hynes
PhD Title: Virtue Ethics in Medicine and Education
Years of Study: 2005-8
Current position: Assistant Professor of Medical Ethics, University of Nicosia