Dr James H.P. Lewis

Department of Philosophy
Teaching Fellow

Contact details

University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

I am a Teaching Fellow in philosophy. My work is on moral philosophy and interpersonal relations.


  • BA Politics with Philosophy - Royal Holloway, University of London (2012)
  • MA Philosophy – UCL (2014)
  • PhD Philosophy - University of Sheffield (2019)


In 2019 I completed my PhD in Sheffield on the topic of the practical significance of the second-person relation. I have spent time as a visiting researcher at Yale University, and the Center for Subjectivity Research at the University of Copenhagen.


  • LI Feminist Philosophy
  • LI Experience and Reason (Early Modern Philosophy)
  • LH Nietzsche
  • LM Human Rights


My work is on ethics and interpersonal relations. I am interested several topics in this domain, including: the interpersonal basis of moral normativity, normative powers, practical reasoning, moral epistemology, and the aesthetics of interpersonal interaction. In connection with these themes, I am also interested in a number of figures from the history of philosophy, particularly Emmanuel Levinas, Martin Buber and Simone Weil.


Highlight publications

Lewis, J 2018, 'The discretionary normativity of requests', Philosophers' Imprint, vol. 18, no. 20, pp. 1-16. <http://hdl.handle.net/2027/spo.3521354.0018.020>

Lewis, J & Stern, R 2019, Commanding, Giving, Vulnerable: What is the Normative Standing of the Other in Levinas? in Levinas and Analytic Philosophy: Second-Person Normativity and the Moral Life. Routledge, London, pp. 101-121.

Recent publications


Lewis, JHP 2023, 'The Musicality of Speech', Philosophers' Imprint, vol. 22, 21. https://doi.org/10.3998/phimp.643

Lewis, JHP 2022, 'Relationality without obligation', Analysis, vol. 82, no. 2, pp. 238-246. https://doi.org/10.1093/analys/anab072


Lewis, J & Thornton, S 2023, Levinas and 'Finite Freedom'. in J Saunders (ed.), Freedom After Kant: From German Idealism to Ethics and the Self. 1 edn, Bloomsbury Publishing.

Book/Film/Article review

Lewis, JHP 2022, 'Questions about sex with socialist answers: The right to sex: feminism in the twenty-first century, by Amia Srinivasan, London, Bloomsbury, 2021, xi+276 pp., £18.00 (HB), ISBN 9781526612533', Philosophical Psychology, vol. 35, no. 7, pp. 1102-1105. https://doi.org/10.1080/09515089.2022.2050199

Lewis, J 2019, 'Book Review: The Moral Nexus, by Wallace, R. Jay. Princeton University Press, 2019. ISBN:9780691172170. 329 pp. £34.00', European Journal of Philosophy, vol. 27, no. 4, pp. 1093-1096. https://doi.org/10.1111/ejop.12506

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