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Marcus Lee

Teaching Associate, Faculty of Arts

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Biography

I received a BA in Law in 2001. After working in the private sector for over a decade, I returned to academia receiving my MA in Philosophy in 2014 and my PhD in Philosophy in 2019, both from the University of Nottingham. For my PhD, I investigated the ancient thought that achieving an ethical ideal is like cultivating a practical skill.

Expertise Summary

I have varied research interests including normative ethics, ancient Chinese philosophy, epistemology, metaethics, Buddhist philosophy, and the philosophies of mind and action.

Teaching Summary

My teaching experience includes undergraduate classes on Asian philosophy, Buddhism, metaethics, social and political philosophy, and how philosophical issues matter in the contemporary world. I have… read more

Research Summary

I am interested in various topics in metaethics and normative ethics, especially in regard to issues in epistemology and philosophy of mind. I am inspired by many philosophical perspectives including… read more

Recent Publications

  • 2020. Wu-wei, Merleau-Ponty, and being aware of what we do PHilosophy East and West. 70(1), (In Press.)

My teaching experience includes undergraduate classes on Asian philosophy, Buddhism, metaethics, social and political philosophy, and how philosophical issues matter in the contemporary world. I have also led MA discussions on Ethics.

In spring 2020, I'll be convening the first year module - History of Philosophy: Ancient to Modern.

Current Research

I am interested in various topics in metaethics and normative ethics, especially in regard to issues in epistemology and philosophy of mind. I am inspired by many philosophical perspectives including analytic philosophy, pragmatism, Asian philosophy and Phenomenology.

Past Research

My PhD thesis focused on the 'skill model of ethical expertise', which holds that becoming an ideal ethical agent is (like) becoming an expert in a practical skill (such as learning to play a musical instrument or butchery). This model of ethical education was advocated by philosophers in both ancient Greece and ancient China. I critique a prominent contemporary account of the skill model of virtue by attending to the phenomenology of the learning process involved in acquiring a practical skill. Situating this critique within a Merleau-Pontyian framework, I develop a two-tiered account of 'awareness' which I use to explicate novel views of the epistemology of both virtue and the ancient Chinese ethical ideal wu-wei.

  • 2020. Wu-wei, Merleau-Ponty, and being aware of what we do PHilosophy East and West. 70(1), (In Press.)

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