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Professor of Philosophy, Keele University

I joined the Philosophy Programme at Keele in August 2007, after having taught and researched for several years at Manchester University (in Philosophy and the Centre for Political Theory).

My research agenda includes the completion of a monograph on Kant's guarantee for perpetual peace and work on a monograph on justice and desert. I continue to work on issues in metaphysics (in particular the nature of transcendental idealism), epistemology (the ethics of belief and the nature of justification) and history of philosophy (phenomenology and existentialism).

I held visiting positions at the University of Sheffield (Visiting Researcher: Fall 2019/10), University of Vienna (Senior Postdoctoral Researcher: 2013/14, and Non-stipendiary Guest Research Professor at the ERC "Distortions of Normativity" Advanced Grant: 2013/15), Oxford University - the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics (Non-stipendiary Academic Research Scholar: Summer 2014 and Spring 2018) and University of Warwick (Honorary Visiting Professor: Sorin 2018).

Main areas of research interest:

Kantian Philosophy (Kant's philosophy, all areas, and contemporary Kantians)
Normativity (in ethics, aesthetics, political philosophy and epistemology)
Metaphysics (especially personal identity, space and time)
Justice and Desert (debates between egalitarians, desert theorists, need theorists and supporters of other accounts of justice)
Phenomenology (history of phenomenology, Sartre)


  • –present
    Professor of Philosophy, Keele University


'Ad Astra' Prize for Excellence in Research (2016), FHEA (since 2008), PSA 'Sir Ernest Barker' Prize for Best PhD Thesis in Political Theory (2002)