Dr Luke Brunning

Department of Philosophy
Teaching Fellow

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am a teaching fellow in philosophy. My teaching and research centres on topics in ethics construed broadly and I have a particular interest in personal relationships.


  • DPhil - University of Oxford (2015)
  • MPhil - King’s College London (2011)
  • BA - King’s College London (2009)


Before joining the University of Birmingham, I was a British Academy Post-Doctoral Research Fellow in philosophy at the University of Oxford, and a Non-Stipendiary Fellow at Corpus Christi College where I taught ethics.


  • Moral Problems
  • Problems of Philosophy
  • Bodies and Beauty
  • Bioethics (Masters)
  • Global Bioethics (Masters)
  • Undergraduate Dissertation Supervision


I am interested in many aspects of ethics, moral psychology (including the philosophy of emotion), and political philosophy. Some of my past research includes the exploration of the ethical and emotional aspects of non-monogamy; our practices of blaming and ceasing to blame in contexts of oppression; and ambivalence, action, and structural ideals of mental life. My current project aims to challenge central aspects of the philosophy of sex and love literature as a response to taking asexuality seriously. In future work I hope to develop a normative account of romantic relationships.



Brunning, L & Milam, P. 2018. Oppression, Forgiveness, and Ceasing to Blame, Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, 14 (2): 143-78

Brunning, L. 2018. The Distinctiveness of Polyamory, Journal of Applied Philosophy, 2018, Vol. 35, No. 3: 513-31

Brunning, L & Ben-Ze’ev, A. 2018. How Complex is Your Love? The Case of Romantic Compromises and Polyamory, Journal for the Theory of Social Behaviour, 48: 98-116

Brunning, L. 2014. Reconsidering the Soteriological Significance of Śūnyavāda, Contemporary Buddhism, Vol. 15 No. 2: 244-59

Book chapters

Brunning, L. 2018. Cultivating an Integrated Self, in Ethics and Self Cultivation: Historical Perspectives, Routledge, (eds.) Dennis, M. & Werkhoven: 174-96

Book reviews 

Brunning, L. 2018. Jealousy: A Forbidden Passion by Giulia Sissa, Philosophy, Vol. 93. No.3: 459-64

Brunning, L. 2014. Knowing What to Do by Timothy Chappell, The Times Literary Supplement, 24th October 2014

Brunning, L. 2013. The View from Here: On Affirmation, Attachment and the Limits of Regret, by R. Jay Wallace, Analysis, Vol. 74 No. 1: 188-191

Brunning, L. 2013. From Enlightenment to Receptivity: Rethinking Our Values by Michael Slote, Analysis, Vol. 73 No. 4: 816-818