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Senior Lecturer, Philosophy, Anglia Ruskin University

I’m Course Leader and Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Anglia Ruskin University. I work on topics in philosophical zoology, moral psychology, meta-philosophy, Ancient Philosophy and post-Kantian European Philosophy.

I’ve been developing a naturalistic interpretation of Heidegger over the past few years and I’m currently working out the implications of this model for understanding our moral and intellectual powers. In relation to our moral powers, I’m looking at the relationship between integrity theories of conscience and the idea of duties to self. The epistemic, normative and metaphysical status of these duties is of considerable interest. In relation to our intellectual powers, I’m working out a notion of cognitive processing that lies somewhere between passive association and voluntary exercise — the kind of phenomenon captured in the idea of being “struck by a thought”. The role of the imagination, here, looks to be crucial.

When I am not pondering these things, I’m thinking about plants, or the possibility of a theistic “argument from inspiration” — or when I’m next going bouldering. I’ve published in the International Journal of Philosophy Studies, the Continental Philosophy Review and the Journal of the British Society for Phenomenology.


  • –present
    Course Leader in Philosophy, Anglia Ruskin University


  • 2004 
    Essex University. , PhD (Philosophy)