I am a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton. At the start of 2024, I will take up a Fellowship funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council to complete a project titled, Sympathy in Harmony: Margaret Cavendish's Philosophy of Value.
From 2019-2021, I led an international network on Higher-Order Evidence in Epistemology, Ethics, and Aesthetics, also funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The "core" members of the network were Elinor Mason (Edinburgh), Jon Robson (Nottingham), and Weiping Zheng (Xiamen).
Between 2013 and 2015, I was the Principal Investigator on a research project, again supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, Normativity: Epistemic and Practical. My Co-Investigators were Conor McHugh and Jonathan Way. Prior to that, we led the 'Aims and Norms' workshop series, funded by the British Academy.
- History of Philosophy
- Philosophy of Language
The aim of the second (non-historical) project is to develop and defend a comprehensive theory of aesthetic reasons.
In recent years, I have taught modules in aesthetics, the history of philosophy (especially early modern), epistemology, and philosophy of language.
From 2018-2023, I was the Director of the Mind Association. From 2016-2019, I was Head of Department. In 2015, I spent the autumn semester as a Visiting Scholar with the Department of Philosophy at Northwestern University. I am a founding member of the European Normativity Network. Before joining Southampton in 2007, I studied and then held a lectureship at the University of Reading. Long before that, I grew up on the north coast of Cornwall.
I now live by the beach in Pokesdown (in Boscombe (in Bournemouth)). I am married to Hayley, the Heritage Archive and Research Manager for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. We have two sons - Elliot and Stanley.