Members

Director
Jennifer Saul works on feminist philosophy, philosophy of race, and implicit bias. She is beginning a project on politically manipulative speech. From 2011-2013, she directed the Leverhulme Implicit Bias and Philosophy International Research Network, and she is Director of the Society for Women in Philosophy UK. She founded the blogs Feminist Philosophers and What is it Like to be a Woman in Philosophy.

Staff

Chris Bennett works in moral, legal and political philosophy, and has additional interests in moral psychology and the history of philosophy. He has worked on various aspects of the philosophy of criminal justice, looking at justifications for punishment, alternatives to punishment such as restorative justice, the nature and role of blame, the nature of forgiveness, and normative issues in sentencing. Recent work has focused on issues of legitimacy and authority in criminal law and criminal justice, and the proper role of public participation in the criminal justice system. He is Deputy Director of the University’s Centre for Criminological Research, and Editor of the Journal of Applied Philosophy.

Annamaria Carusi’s research is on the epistemology of contemporary biomedical science. Her research can be characterised in terms of its focus on an area and a practice. The area she has specialised in is computational biology and computational medicine. Her practice involves close collaboration with scientists in order to show how philosophical and social perspectives can contribute to the development of emerging scientific domains. Her work aims to bridge the gap between epistemology, sociability and ethics in science studies and in scientific practice.

Miranda Fricker works primarily in ethics, and social epistemology including feminist epistemology. Her book ‘Epistemic Injustice (OUP 2007) and related subsequent work puts forward the idea that there is a distinctive kind of injustice where people are undermined as epistemic subjects–as knowers and interpreters of their own social experience. This kind of injustice can affect different sorts of people in different ways, and to differing degrees; but for those who lack social power more generally, the unfair lack of epistemic power (notably the power to be believed or understood by others) is a crucial, if often invisible, part of an egregious pattern of related inequalities.

Joshua Forstenzer is the Vice-Chancellor’s Fellow in the Public Benefit of Higher Education at the University of Sheffield. His previous work focused on the practical relevance of political philosophy, pragmatist theories of democracy and citizenship, and John Dewey’s philosophy of education. His current research brings normative and empirical considerations into critical and productive dialogue on topics relating to youth politics, citizenship, dynamics of inclusion/exclusion, and education (with a special focus on higher education).

Angie Hobbs is the world’s first-ever Professor of the Public Understanding of Philosophy. She works in ancient philosophy and ethics, and she contributes regularly to radio and TV programmes (including 19 appearances on In Our Time with Melvyn Bragg), newspaper articles and philosophy websites. She also engages in a variety of public and civic work in the U.K and abroad: in the last couple of years she has, for instance, spoken in the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Abbey and to the United States Air Force Training Academy (USAFA) in Colorado. She addresses contemporary challenges such as the ethics of war, the ethics of money, how best to promote inter-faith and faith-secular dialogue and the notion of fairness.

Jules Holroyd‘s research focuses on topics in feminist philosophy, moral psychology, and social philosophy. In particular, her work focuses on implicit biases: the implications for our agency and responsibility, and the sorts of moral interactions that might be effective in combating implicit bias. She is also interested in how a better understanding of these psychological phenomena can inform social change, such as informing understandings of how institutional racism plays out, and can be tackled.

Robert Stern has worked widely on German idealism, including ethical, social and political issues raised by the thought of Kant and Hegel, in particular. His current research is into the Danish philosopher and theologian K. E. Løgstrup, which bears on issues to do with care ethics, environmental concern, and the relation between religion and ethics.

Honorary Researchers

Paul Giladi works in post-Kantian European philosophy, metaphysics, pragmatism, and metaphilosophy. In addition to his academic enquiries, he iscurrently working on a project concerned with introducing the general public to the connections between ‘mindfulness’ and the specific genre of philosophical therapy respectively advocated by philosophers such as G. W. F. Hegel and William James. He is also in the very early stages of creating a blog through which to communicate the intellectually important views of relatively unknown 19th century German philosophers on the science/religion debate, in an effort to raise awareness of their arguments outside academia in a way that helps improve an especially heated debate in modern society.

Joseph Kisolo-Ssonko works on collective action and the construction of social facts. He is currently investigating the interaction between perception of race and collective agency. He is also interested in bringing philosophy, and social theory, to the streets and is a director of LCAC, a community arts organisation with that aim.

Postgraduates

Andreas Bunge’s research centres upon issues at the intersection between Philosophy, Psychology and Cognitive Science. In his PhD thesis, he develops an account of the nature of social psychological attitudes. Andreas enjoys collaborating with researchers from the empirical sciences. Recently, he has contributed to the Bias and Blame Project at the University of Sheffield, which examined in how far moral interactions can mitigate the expression of implicit biases. Before joining the University of Sheffield, Andreas completed a B.A. in Philosophy (major) and Biology (minor) at the University of Bielefeld (Germany) and a M.Sc. in Cognitive Science at the University of Osnabrück (Germany).

Charlie Crerar works primarily in areas of epistemology, moral philosophy, and political philosophy. His doctoral research is centred around the study of epistemic vices: character traits such as arrogance, closed-mindedness, dogmatism, and bias that render people in some way deficient as knowers. He’s also interested in group agency, epistemic forms of injustice, and the moral and political implications of ignorance.

Matthew Cull works on the metaphysics of gender, attempting to bring together trans, feminist, and queer theory with contemporary analytic metaphysics, in order to provide a satisfactory account of gender categories. Their work is primarily ameliorative in nature: inquiry aimed at asking what we want gender to be for our various moral and political purposes. Before beginning their PhD at Sheffield, Matthew gained an MA at Queen’s University Canada with a thesis on assertion, and an MA(Hons) from The University of St Andrews.

Trystan Goetze took a B.K.I. in Knowledge Integration and Philosophy at the University of Waterloo; an M.A. in Philosophy at York University; and an M.A. in the History, Sociology, and Philosophy of Education at the University of Toronto, for which he wrote a thesis on the concept of a university. His PhD research concerns the role of concepts in our experience of the world, and our consequent responsibility to revise those concepts as required by experience. This responsibility is particularly important in cases where widely available concepts and conceptions fail to capture important experiences of marginalized social groups, a phenomenon known as ‘hermeneutical injustice’.

Richard Hassall is a former clinical psychologist. He is now conducting research for a PhD into the nature of psychiatric diagnostic categories and whether these can be regarded as distinct cognitive or disease kinds with any scientific value. He is particularly interested in whether the assignment of diagnoses such as schizophrenia and autism potentially exposes those affected to certain forms of epistemic injustice, since these categories appear to be of doubtful epistemic significance.

Neri Marsili’s primary research focus is (in)sincere communication – sadly, an argument that is more and more relevant to the contemporary political debate. His Phd thesis explores what it means to lie and not to lie, to be sincere and not to be sincere, and more generally the linguistic and epistemic responsibilities we have qua speakers. More generally, his academic interests lie in philosophy of language (in particular philosophical pragmatics), aesthetics (philosophy of literature), ethics (the nature of norms) and epistemology (epistemology of testimony).

Ashley Pennington’s thesis is concerned with the way in which representations of ethnic minorities limit what members of those groups are able to do with their words. Her research interests include critical race philosophy, feminist philosophy and issues of power as they relate to language and speech. She is trained in both continental and analytic philosophy and received a B.A. in Philosophy and a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Oregon in 2012. Her MLitt research (Glasgow 2013) focused on the ethical dimensions of derogatory words.

David Strohmaier is a PhD student at the Department of Philosophy, University of Sheffield. His thesis concerns group agency and related social phenomena based on the Hegelian and classical Pragmatist tradition. A part of his thesis will address the question how group
agents relate to macro-sociological problems like transnational economic crises and global warming. A further interest of his is classical anarchist theory (e.g. Max Stirner).