Adina Covaci

PhD Student

Summary: In my project I investigate the practice of moral deference and whether there is anything problematic about it as such. My supervisor is prof. Pekka Väyrynen.


Research Interests

Moral Epistemology; Normative ethics; Metaethics; Aesthetics; Epistemology



"The Globalisationof Beauty as Unethical Propaganda", Beauty Demands Project: Globalisation of Beauty, University of Birmingham (14/09/2015)


"There's Something about Moral Deference", Leeds Postgraduate Philosophy Seminar (7/10/2016)

Academic History

BA - University of the West, Timisoara, Romania, 2009-2012 (Dissertation: Beyond Anguish and Alienation: Jean-Paul Sartre's Ethics of Responsibility)

MA (distinction) - Central European University, Budapest, Hungary, 2013-2015 (Dissertation: Is Morality for the Chosen Few? The Problem of Moral Deference)

Teaching Training - West University of Timisoara (2009-2012) and “Aurel Vlaicu” University Arad (2012-2013), The Department of Teaching Training 

Teaching experience

I have tutored on the following modules: 


PHIL 1120 - Great Philosophical Thinkers

PHIL 1080 - The Good, the Bad, the Right, the Wrong


I am grateful to the University of Leeds for awarding me a 110th Anniversary Research Scholarship which will support me for the duration of my PhD. 

Other roles

I serve as a peer reviewer for Pulse: A Journal for the History, Philosophy, and Sociology of Science (CEU), 2014-present

I am involved in the Students as Scholars programme at the University of Leeds (2016-2017)

I am an events officer for the Leeds Minorities and Philosophy chapter (MAP@Leeds)