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


I am interested in the variety of ways in which people can be the sources of reasons for one another to act. Through this lens, my past work has engaged with debates in ethics about the second-person relation, about forms of interpersonal reason-giving such as requests, and about historical figures connected with this topic including Levinas, Buber, and Weil. Recently I have been thinking about the relationship between aesthetics and morality in interpersonal relations.