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; Metaethics; Normative ethics; Epistemology; Aesthetics



"The Glass Is Half Empty: A Rejection of Moral Deference Optimism", 9th European Congress of Analytic Philosophy, LMU (Aug 2017)

"There's Something About Moral Deference", Society for Applied Philosophy Annual Conference, University of Copenhagen (July 2017)

"The Globalisation of Beauty as Unethical Propaganda", Beauty Demands Project: Globalisation of Beauty, University of Birmingham (Sept 2015)


"Against Moral Deference", Leeds Centre for Ethics and Metaethics (Nov 2017) 

"Testimonial Knowledge", Leeds PG Philosophy Seminar (Nov 2017)

"Moral Deference Pessimism Again: The Argument from Practical Deliberation", Leeds PG Philosophy Seminar (June 2017)

"There's Something about Moral Deference", Leeds PG Philosophy Seminar (Oct 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 - 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 1007 - Introduction to Philosophy of Religion

PHIL 2422 - Topics in Epistemology: Knowledge and Justification 


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/LEAP Mentoring Scheme at the University of Leeds (2016-present)

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