Nottingham Centre for Social Philosophy

Centre for Social Philosophy members

Academic staff

Koshka Duff


My research is primarily in social and political philosophy. This includes feminist philosophy, philosophy of 'race', critical theory, and the history of political thought. I also (and connectedly) have strong interests in philosophy of music and German-language philosophical traditions.


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Lydia Farina


My research is primarily in the metaphysics of mind, social ontology and the philosophy of emotion. I am interested in the interplay between metaphysical questions on the ontology of mental states/categories and practical application questions in experimental psychology and artificial intelligence. I am currently working on projects relating to the possibility of robot emotions, the classification of mental states, and the metaphysics of kinds.


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Andrew Fisher


What is education for? What is teaching? Does the notion of 'meritocracy' really have any meaning in education? I am interested in these and other questions related to the philosophy of education. I am currently thinking about structural discrimination in the classroom, issues to do with silencing in the classroom, the use of AI in the classroom, and the political nature of education. I have taught philosophy to over 600 primary school children in the county. I am co-lead on a research project (Birmingham-Nottingham Education Partnership Fund) looking at how to decolonise the curriculum.


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Michael Hannon

Michael Hannon

My work explores how the demands of practical life bear on issues in theoretical epistemology, and applies the tools of theoretical epistemology to urgent issues in practical life. In my book, What's the Point of Knowledge? (OUP 2019), I argue that reflecting on the social role of knowledge sheds light on many epistemological issues. The book also explores how our epistemic concepts, norms, and practices contribute to human survival, cooperation, and flourishing. My next book, titled How Politics Makes Us Stupid, will bring insights from many areas of epistemology into contact with political issues like post-truth, fake news, and the epistemic requirements of democracy.


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Zachary Hoskins

My work focuses on whether public policies and institutions are morally justified. I’ve published several articles about the permissibility of legal punishment, and my current research examines the justification of so-called ‘collateral' restrictions on people with criminal records: legal restrictions on jobs, housing, voting, and other goods that aren’t treated as part of the formal punishment but are often more burdensome than the punishment itself. I contend that these restrictions are justifiable in a far narrower range of cases than we find in current practice.

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Mark Jago


I explore how recent work in metaphysics allows us to understand the social construction of categories such as gender, race, disability, and class – categories which are key to a number of related contemporary movements for social justice. 


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Ian James Kidd

Ian Kidd

I'm interested in the ways that some of our major social institutions – mainly healthcare and education – promote the oppression of certain groups. At the moment, my main concern is a phenomenon I call pathophobia, which refers to the many ways that ill persons are marginalised and mistreated. Much of this work relies on narratives by ill persons and empirical work in healthcare psychology and sociology – if philosophers aren't in touch with the lives of the oppressed, they won't be able to help them.


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Joseph Kisolo-Ssonko


I am interested in collective action and the construction of the social world, and in debates about autonomy as connecting the sphere of political philosophy with that of action theory. One of my research aspirations is to produce an account that can robustly link questions of practical political philosophy with an explanation of the underlying nature of social reality. I am also interested in epistemology (particularly on the nature of testimony and collective testifiers), Feminism, Political Philosophy and Ethics.


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Katie Monk


I am interested in philosophy of language, feminism, and particularly the places where they overlap.


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Jon Robson 

The main focus of my work at the moment is the question of how we come to form and justify various aesthetic judgements (judgements concerning, for example, which objects are beautiful and which are ugly). Historically, many philosophers have argued that these judgements – in contrast to judgements of more mundane matters – can’t (or shouldn’t) be based on social factors but I argue that this influential view is mistaken. I am also interested in a variety of other philosophical issues in areas such as ethics, philosophy of art, and the philosophy of religion.


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Jonathan Tallant

I have research interests in a number of areas, including the nature of trust. Over the last few years I’ve worked with a range of local businesses and charities exploring the ways in which this research can be deployed for the public good.


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External members

Aness Webster (Durham University)

aness webster

I specialise in ethics, philosophy of law, and philosophy of race. My research in the philosophy of race focuses on the nature of racism, in particular everyday subtler cases of racism. My work pays special attention to the lived experiences of those who are targets of racism, including their emotional responses to racism and aims to make intelligible (and justify) different emotional responses to racism.


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Katharine Jenkins (University of Glasgow)


My work focuses on the nature of social categories such as gender and race: what they are, how they are created, and how they can be changed. I have published articles on feminism, trans rights, and sexuality, and I’m especially interested in what gender identity is and how it fits into struggles to end all forms of gender-based oppression. 


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Research students

Tom Crawley

My research focuses on the philosophy of disability. More specifically, I am working on adjudicating the debate between those that think disability makes a person worse off (even when not considering negatives that arise from unjust treatment) and those that think that disability – like sex, race and gender – is merely another way of being different.

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Alice Monypenny

I'm a PhD student looking at 'Safe Space' policy in education. My main interest is in social aspects of epistemology. My research aims to use analytic disciplines to inform current debates about representation and exclusion in Higher Education. In particular, how discussions of oppression and privilege should be conducted in order to be respectful and accessible to all. One of the questions I will focus on is how much authority agents have over their lived experience and its interpretation. My project also incorporates aspects of feminist epistemology, philosophy of race, and philosophy of education.

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