I am currently a postdoctoral researcher at Institut Jean Nicod in the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris, working under the supervision of Elisabeth Pacherie on a project funded by the Leverhulme Trust. I was previously (2019–2020) a postdoc at the University of Fribourg and in the Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences, University of Geneva, as a member of Thumos, the Genevan research group on emotions, values and norms, of which I remain an affiliate member.
I completed my PhD in philosophy at University College London in December 2018. My dissertation was supervised by M. G. F. Martin and Ulrike Heuer. Before that I took the MPhil Stud at UCL and an MA, also in philosophy, at King’s College London. The latter was my formal entry into the subject after a BA in fine arts at the University of the West of England, Bristol. (You can see some of my video work from my BA here.)
My main research interests are in philosophical moral psychology, connecting issues in the philosophy of mind and action with concerns in moral philosophy. Most of my research to date has been broadly concerned with the connections between our understanding of ourselves and others on the one hand and our grasp of norms and appreciation of values on the other, and with the distinctive forms of ‘intelligibility’ that seem to characterise this nexus of psychological and normative. I have explored these themes in different ways in writing about love, motivation (desire, intention, appetite) and the explanation of action. In my current project, I am doing so in part through a close reading of Anscombe’s discussion of ‘wanting’ and ‘desirability characterisations’ in Intention.