Christina Nick

Christina Nick

PhD Student

Summary: My research is concerned with the problem of dirty hands in modern democracies.

Location: IDEA Centre



"The Problem of Dirty Hands in Democracies"

My thesis is concerned with how the workings of modern democracies influence and change the way in which we ought to perceive the problem of dirty hands, i.e. the problem of doing something in some sense morally wrong and yet in some sense morally right, and how this ultimately changes the way in which we should deal with politicians who dirty their hands for us (e.g. how to ascribe responsibility, blame, and maybe even punishment).


Research Interests

Moral, Political, and Legal Philosophy


I am grateful to the IDEA Centre for awarding me a studentship for my PhD.


  • MPhil Political Theory, Pembroke College, University of Oxford, 2015
  • BA (Hons) Philosophy and Politics, University of Manchester, 2013



  • "Corporate Social Responsibility" (Level 1)
  • "Management in Practice" (Level 5)


  • "Science and Society" (Level 2)


  • "Consent and Confidentiality" (Level 1)
  • "Ethics and Professionalism" (Level 2)
  • "Trust and Teamwork" (Level 5)
  • "Ethics and Economics" (Level 5)
  • "Equality, Justice, and Sustainability" (Level 5)


  • "Sustainability" (Level 1)
  • "Teamwork and Fairness" (Levels 1 and 2)
  • "Risk and Benefit Analysis" (Level 2)
  • "Whistleblowing" (Level 3)


  • "Ethics Project: Moral Distress in Healthcare Professionals" (Level 3)


  •  "Philosophy Students Into Schools" (Level 2)


  • "Freedom, Power and Resistance" (Level 1)


  • "Is there something Special about Democratic Dirty Hands?", MANCEPT Workshops, University of Manchester, 12.09.2017
  • "Minorities and Philosophy: Practical Lessons from a Postgraduate Initiative" (co-presenter), The Profession We Want Conference, University of Manchester, 15.05.207
  • "What is Hypocrisy?", Philosophy Postgraduate Seminar, University of Leeds,  11.03.2017                               
  • "Hypocrisy and Democratic Dirty Hands", IDEA Seminar, University of Leeds, 01.03.2017                                
  • "Defusing the Ticking Bomb?", University of the Third Age Lecture, Leeds, 20.02.2017       
  • "The Function of Emotions in Dirty Hands", Conference for Interdisciplinary Approaches to Politics, University of Leeds, 21.10.2016
  • "Re-Thinking the Language of Dirty Hands", Brave New World Conference, University of Manchester, 21.06.2016
  • "Monism, Pluralism, and Moral Conflict", Philosophy Postgraduate Seminar, University of Leeds, 20.05.2016
  • "Alternative Justifications for Punishing those with Dirty Hands", Warwick Graduate Conference in Political and Legal Theory, University of Warwick, 21.02.2015
  • "Alternative Justifications for Punishing those with Dirty Hands", Graduate Political Theory Research Seminar, University of Oxford, 2015

Other Roles

  • Co-ran the IDEA Centre's Research Seminar in January/February 2017 
  • Ran the IDEA Centre's Ethics Reading Group in the 2016/17 academic year  
  • I was editor of the IDEA Centre's blog "Ethics in Public and Professional Life" ( from 2015-2017                                                                                             
  • I am Access Officer for Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) at Leeds
  • Co-organiser for "Philosophical Perspectives on Disability: A Postgraduate Conference", MAP@Leeds, University of Leeds, 09.5.2017 
  • Conference helper for "Implicit Bias Conference", MAP@Leeds, University of Leeds, 15/16.10.2015                                                                                                                      
  • I'm a PhD Tutor at The Brilliant Club teaching "Agency and Paternalism" for Key Stage 3 pupils & "Moral Conflict" for Key Stage 4 pupils                                                                                                                                      
  • Co-organiser for "Political Theory at the Margins: Graduate Political Theory Conference", University of Oxford, 08.05.2015