PhD Research

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PhD Study at the IDEA Centre

IDEA welcomes applications for PhD study. The Centre can provide a broad base of supervisory expertise in applied ethics, broadly construed, but has particular strengths in:

  • Moral psychology, especially desire, emotion, and rationality and virtue theory,
  • Ancient ethics, especially Plato and Aristotle,
  • Biomedical & Health Care Ethics,
  • Contemporary moral theory,
  • The demandingness of ethics and gradability in moral theories,
  • Business ethics and the purpose of business,
  • Climate change and responsibility,
  • Professional ethics (and engineering ethics in particular),
  • Emotions and ethics - the role of emotions in correct responses to ethical considerations, Ethical issues in leadership and influence,
  • Exploitation,
  • Informed consent,
  • Integrity (in individuals and in organisations),
  • Moral development
  • Political philosophy (especially political obligation)
  • Practical wisdom, practical judgment and moral expertise,
  • Privacy and surveillance issues, including the ethics of big data
  • Psychiatric ethics (including vice and mental illness),
  • Moral luck and punishment,
  • Media ethics,
  • The ethical significance of pleasure and pain (e.g. in public policy, in ethical goal-setting), The ethics of persuasion, including (but not limited to) rhetoric, advocacy, advertising, The public interest.

The Centre's postgraduate researchers are registered in the School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science (PRHS), and all applications should be made through PRHS .  

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  1. PhD Research
  2. Current IDEA PhD Students
  3. Previous IDEA PhD Students