Teaching and Seminars

Seminars, workshops and reading group

Since Lent Term 2017, I have been convening a weekly seminar, ‘Schmilosophy’, where participants — which range from undergraduates to faculty — discuss writings outside, or at an angle to, the analytic mainstream of Anglophone philosophy.

In Michaelmas Term 2017, I will be running a couple of experimental workshops [password protected] for Part II students aimed at working together with students already aware of the general principles of good academic writing on improving the quality of our philosophical prose.

Reading list for prospective undergraduates

My summer reading list for incoming Cambridge undergraduates at my college.

Lectures

In the academic year 2017–18, I shall be delivering undergraduate lectures on the following topics. I shall post my handouts from these lectures on this website after the lecture has been delivered.

Michaelmas Term (October-November)

Virtues, Vices & Moral Learning (IB, weeks 1 to 4, Fri 1200–1300, Lecture Block 10)

Beneficence (IB, weeks 5 to 8, Tue 1000–1100, Lecture Block 8)

Metaethics (II, weeks 1 to 8, Wed 1000–1100, Lecture Block 11)

Lent Term (January-March)

– Normative Ethics & Moral Psychology, with Dr Robert Watt (IA, weeks 1 to 8, Wed 1100–1200, Lecture Block 7)

– Contractualism (IB, weeks 1 & 2, Wed 1000–1100, Lecture Block 11 & 9)

– Promising (IB, weeks 3 & 4, Wed 1000–1100, Lecture Block 11 & 9)

– Motivation & Practical Reasoning (IB, weeks 1 to 4, Tue 1000–1100, Lecture Block 1)

– Axiology & Well-being (II, weeks 1 to 4, Wed 1100–1200, Mill Lane Lecture 11)

Supervisions

I supervise undergraduates in the Cambridge Philosophy ‘Tripos’ and MPhils (Master’s students) on a wide range of topics in ethics, political philosophy and the history of philosophy.

Undergraduates

I list the Tripos papers I supervise. I am open to requests from Directors of Studies for supervising coursework and dissertations on topics within my areas of competence.

Part IA (1st year)

– Set Texts (Plato, Meno; Descartes, Meditations; Mill, On Liberty & The Subjection of Women)

– Ethics and Political Philosophy

– Metaphysics and the Philosophy of Mind

Part IB (2nd year)

– Metaphysics and Epistemology

– Ethics

– Political Philosophy

Part II (3rd year)

– Ethics

– Political Philosophy

– Aesthetics

– Plato

 

MPhil Students

Since 2015, I have supervised MPhil essays and dissertations on the following topics:

– Ethical demands in emergency situations

– Integrity and ethical objectivity

– Recollection and immortality in Plato’s Meno

–  Kant on duties to non-human animals

– Nietzsche and Foucault on genealogy

– Sidgwick on the dualism of practical reason

PhD Students

As my contract at Cambridge is temporary (ending in 2020), I am not available to supervise PhD candidates. Anyone interested in doing a PhD in Philosophy at Cambridge on a topic within my interests is welcome to write to me for advice on suitable supervisors.