Dr Luke Brunning

Department of Philosophy
Lecturer in Ethics

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am a lecturer in ethics. I teach topics in ethics, applied ethics, and political philosophy, and supervise work in those areas. Romantic life, in its messy complexity, is my main research interest.


  • 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


My research focuses topics at the intersection of ethics, philosophy of emotion, and political philosophy. Romantic life, in its messy complexity, is my main research interest. I am fascinated by the ethical dimensions of romantic relationships, norms, and institutions, and by their relative neglect in the philosophical literature. 


Recent publications


Brunning, L 2020, Does Monogamy Work? The Big Idea, Thames & Hudson.


Brunning, L & McKeever, N 2020, 'Asexuality', Journal of Applied Philosophy. https://doi.org/https://orcid.org/0000-0003-4763-2817

Brunning, L 2020, 'Compersion: An alternative to jealousy?', Journal of the American Philosophical Association, vol. 6, no. 2, pp. 225-245. https://doi.org/10.1017/apa.2019.35

Brunning, L 2019, 'The Avoidance Approach to Plural Value', Theoria , vol. 66, no. 160, pp. 53-70. https://doi.org/10.3167/th.2019.6616004

Brunning, L 2014, 'Reconsidering the soteriological significance of Śūnyavāda', Contemporary Buddhism, vol. 15, no. 2, pp. 244-258. https://doi.org/10.1080/14639947.2014.932536

Book/Film/Article review

Brunning, L 2020, 'Brunning, L. (2020). Moral Failure: On the Impossible Demands of Morality, written by Lisa Tessman', Journal of Moral Philosophy, vol. 17, no. 4, pp. 449-452. https://doi.org/10.1163/17455243-01704003

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