Benedict Rumbold joined Nottingham as an Assistant Professor in Philosophy in 2018. Prior to that Benedict worked as a Senior Research Fellow at the Department of Philosophy, University College London. He holds a PhD in philosophy from Birkbeck College, a MA in philosophy from the University College London and a BA in history from Cambridge University.
This year I will be teaching Mind, Knowledge and Ethics (1st year, BA)
My research is principally in practical reasoning, ethics and political philosophy, as well as in seventeenth century philosophy, particularly that of Descartes, Spinoza and Hobbes.
In recent years I have written articles on a range of issues, investigating moral and political problems at varying levels of abstraction: rights' conclusiveness in moral reasoning and judgement; the right to privacy; the compossibility of human rights; distributive justice in the allocation of health resources; what, if anything, makes health care 'special'; biomedical moral enhancement.
My current research considers questions around universalizability and the ideal worlds problem, as well as the normative significance of choices. Following my PhD in Spinoza's moral philosophy, I also continue to explore questions in the history of early modern philosophy.
Academia.edu page: https://nottingham.academia.edu/BenedictRumbold