Our disciplinary expertise covers an array of specialisms.
Rebecca Bamford’s research focuses on 19th century European post-Kantian philosophy, primarily on the philosophy of Friedrich Nietzsche and on Nietzsche's free spirit writings in particular. She is currently working on a major project on Nietzsche's experimentalism and its contemporary implications for science and society. Rebecca also works in ethics, especially on contemporary bioethical issues, and on African ethical and political philosophy.
Roger Clarke’s research interests centre on belief and scepticism. When should we suspend judgment and avoid forming an opinion? Sceptical philosophers from many times and places have argued that we should always suspend judgment. Roger applies recent innovations in the theory of belief to better understand sceptics from ancient Greece, India, and China.
Joseph Diekemper's research focuses on the metaphysics of time and the metaphysics of persons. He is interested in the overlap between philosophy and theology with respect to these areas. He has begun a project on the metaphysics of theological anthropology. The goal of the project is to provide a theologically informed metaphysics of the human person.
Alexei Procyshyn works in 19th-21st Century German philosophy. His recent publications contribute to debates within Frankfurt School critical theory concerning the nature and scope of social criticism and critical theory’s historical foundations, as well as to the phenomenology of value, recognition and trust in social interaction. He has additional expertise in social and political philosophy, the history of philosophy (Early Modern, Kant), Chinese philosophy, comparative philosophy, and social ontology.
Mark Sinclair works on issues in the philosophy of mind, in the philosophy of psychology and in metaphysics against the intellectual background of the history of modern European philosophy. He’s developing his previous work on tendencies and inclinations in relation to contemporary theories of addiction, and is also editing the Oxford Handbook of Modern French Philosophy.
Jeremy Watkins is a moral philosopher, with broad research interests in applied and normative ethics. He is currently working on a project on corrective justice, exploring the nature and rationale of reparations claims in the context of both ordinary interpersonal relationships and large-scale institutional wrongs. He is also an Associate Fellow of the George Mitchell Institute.
Suzanne Whitten works in normative political theory and social philosophy. Her main areas of research include issues relating to freedom of speech/hate speech and neo-republicanism. Suzanne is currently working on a project which examines the way in which certain political or social arrangements lend themselves to an increase in harmful or divisive speech.
David Archard is a practical moral philosopher with interests and published work in the areas of sexual consent, children’s rights, the family, and parenthood, as well as the relationship between academic practical ethics and public policy. He is working on what it means to give children a voice and how paternalism towards children is consistent with a foundational doctrine of moral equality. He is also working on how acknowledgment of the special expertise of moral philosophers can be reconciled with notions of democratic equality as well as a recognition of moral pluralism.