Areas of supervision

Our members of staff are offering high quality PhD supervision in the areas listed below. If you are considering applying for our PhD course and work on these areas, feel free to contact our potential supervisors for details about the admissions process.

You can find their contact details from our staff profiles. The only exception to this is that, if you are interested in supervised by one of our Distinguished Research Professors, please contact Professor Scott Sturgeon here at Birmingham.

Distinguished Research Professor Paul Boghossian

  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Philosophy of language

Professor Boghossian will co-supervise students with other members of staff. For more information, please contact Professor Scott Sturgeon.

Professor Lisa Bortolotti

  • Philosophy of psychology
  • Philosophy of psychiatry
  • Empirically informed philosophy of mind
  • Biomedical ethics

Dr Darragh Byrne

  • Reference
  • Consciousness (especially semantic and epistemic issues)
  • First-person knowledge
  • A priori knowledge
  • Objectivity, realism and anti-realism
  • Rule-following and the normativity of meaning

Dr Justin Clarke-Doane

  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of mathematics
  • Philosophy of logic
  • Metaethics
  • Moral responsibility (certain areas)
  • Philosophy of psychiatry (certain areas)

Distinguished Research Professor Hartry Field

  • Philosophy of mathematics
  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • Logic
  • Philosophy of science
  • Philosophy of language

Professor Field will co-supervise students with other members of staff. For more information, please contact Professor Scott Sturgeon.

Distinguished Research Professor Kit Fine

  • Metaphysics
  • Logic
  • Philosophy of language

Professor Fine will co-supervise students with other members of staff. For more information, please contact Professor Scott Sturgeon.

Dr Nikk Effingham

  • Analytic metaphysics (including areas that crossover into philosophy of mind and philosophy of science)
  • Certain areas of philosophy of religion

 

Distinguished Research Professor Alison M. Jaggar

  • Political philosophy
  • Global ethics
  • Moral epistemology
  • Feminist philosophy
Professor Jaggar will co-supervise students with other members of staff. For more information, please contact Professor Scott Sturgeon.

Dr Nicholas Jones

  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of language

Dr Iain Law

  • Metaethics
  • Applied ethics
  • Philosophy of medicine
  • Ethical theories

Dr Elizabeth Miller

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Metaphysics

Professor Yujin Nagasawa

  • Philosophy of religion
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Applied philosophy (medical ethics, meaning of life, death)

Distinguished Research Professor Stephen Neale

  • Philosophy of language and linguistics
  • Logic
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Metaphysics

Professor Neale will co-supervise students with other members of staff. For more information, please contact Professor Scott Sturgeon.

Dr Hanna Pickard

  • Philosophy of mind and psychiatry
  • Clinical ethics
  • Moral psychology
  • Philosophy and mental health law

Professor Ian Rumfitt

  • Philosophy of language
  • Philosophy of logic
  • Philosophy of mathematics

Distinguished Research Professor Susanna Siegel

  • Perception
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Epistemology

Professor Siegel will co-supervise students with other members of staff. For more information, please contact Professor Scott Sturgeon.

Dr Alex Silk

  • Philosophy of language
  • Normative ethics
  • Metaethics
  • Formal semantics and pragmatics

Dr Maja Spener

  • Philosophy of mind
  • Philosophy of psychology and cognitive science
  • Epistemology

Professor Scott Sturgeon

  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of science
  • Philosophy of mind

Dr Jussi Suikkanen

  • Metaethics
  • Ethical theories
  • Happiness and wellbeing
  • Population ethics and ethics of global warming
  • Practical reason, reasons, rationality, and value
  • Certain topics in political philosophy such as distributive justice

Dr Mark Walker

  • Schopenhauer, Nietzsche, Kant
  • The objectivity of aesthetics
  • Rationality and self-deception
  • Egoism and altruism
  • The nature of moral concepts

Distinguished Research Professor Ralph Wedgwood

  • Metaethics
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Philosophy of language

Professor Wedgwood will co-supervise students with other members of staff. For more information, please contact Professor Scott Sturgeon.

Professor Heather Widdows

  • Bioethics and public health
  • Global ethics, global justice, and duties beyond borders
  • Iris Murdoch
  • Moral theory, particularly virtue ethics
  • Neo-colonialism and multiculturalism
  • Women's rights and reproductive rigths
  • Ethics of war, terrorism and torture
  • The application of moral theory to policy and practice

Dr Jeremy Williams

  • Moral and political philosophy
  • Applied ethics (especially abortion and ethics of war)

Dr Alastair Wilson

  • Metaphysics
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of physics
  • Philosophy of science

Dr Scott Wisor

  • Moral and political philosophy
  • Global ethics and global justice (especially social valuation, international trade and recourse curse)
  • Feminist philosophy