I was introduced to the proper activities of education and philosophy some years ago at the Open University, an experience from which, happily, I’ve never fully recovered. There I completed my first degree in Humanities with Philosophy before moving to full time study at the University of Sheffield, where I completed a Masters then a PhD in philosophy. After that and before returning to the OU in 2013, I was a research fellow at the University of Birmingham and a lecturer at Sheffield.
Prompted by questions arising from undergraduate study, I wrote my doctoral thesis on some political implications and problems for neo-Aristotelian virtue ethics. Fortunately I have since been able to develop some of these themes through the intertwining research strands of social and moral philosophy and applied ethics. I’ve a continuing general interest in the ethical dimensions of social roles and of the ways that institutions do and should define these roles and, in particular, a growing body of literature on the virtues of social collectives. Currently, Alex Barber and I are working on an edited collection of fifteen papers under the title 'The Ethics of Social Roles' for Oxford University Press, comprising work which was developed in our network project (see 'Research Activity').
|Role||Start date||End date||Funding source|
|Co-investigator||01/May/2016||31/Jan/2018||AHRC Arts & Humanities Research Council|
This project will advance a number of debates about the place of social roles in political, social and moral life. Building on the work we have done at the Role Ethics Workshop held in 2013, we aim to do this by bringing together scholars and practitioners from around the world and across the disciplines of philosophy, political theory and social sciences. Over 18 months we would aim to hold three workshops followed by a project conference, from which we would seek to publish proceedings in an edited collection. Going by previous bids, the time each of us would spend on this over the project period would average 1.5 hours per week, though this will be subject to calculation bearing in mind the cost constraints of the bid.