Dr Joe Saunders

Dr Joe Saunders

Teaching Fellow and Online Learning Specialist

+44 (0) 11334 39416

Summary: Joe works on ethics and agency in Kant and the post-Kantian tradition. He divides his time at the centre between teaching applied ethics, and helping with e-learning.


Joe is Programme Director for the centre's MAs in Biomedical and Healthcare Ethics, as well as acting Programme Director for the centre's MA in Applied and Professional Ethics. He also oversees the centre's provision of ethics in the dental school.

Joe's research primarily focuses on ethics and agency in Kant and the post-Kantian tradition. He is currently working on several books: a new edition of the Groundwork with Robert Stern and Chris Bennett; a collection on media ethics with Carl Fox; and a book on well-being and economics with Paul Dalziel and his mum! Other interests include meta-ethics, and the philosophy of love. 

In addition, Joe  organises a regular film and philosophy series at the Hyde Park Picture House


Joe completed a PhD at the University of Sheffield, attempting a defence of Kant's Groundwork III. Before that, he undertook a BA and MA in Philosophy at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand.



  • Media Ethics, Free Speech, and the Requirements of Democracy, co-edited with Carl Fox, (Routledge, 2018)
  • Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals, co-edited and translated with Robert Stern and Chris Bennett (Oxford University Press, 2018)
  • Well-being Economics, co-written with Paul Dalziel and Caroline Saunders (Palgrave, 2018)