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Dr Brian McElwee PhD (St Andrews), MLitt, MA (Glasgow)

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Dr Brian McElwee is a lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Southampton.

He studied at the Universities of Glasgow and St Andrews, and has taught at the Universities of Oxford, Warwick and St Andrews, before joining the department in Southampton in 2016.

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Thursday 13:00-14:00

Friday 12:00-13:00

In room 1139 at Avenue (building 65).

Research interests

Brian’s main research interests lie in moral philosophy. His recent work has focused on three main questions:

1. How demanding is morality?

2. What does virtue consist in?

3. What is the most plausible form of consequentialism?

He is currently engaged in several projects, including:

1. Supererogation across normative domains

2. Duties of the affluent to address global poverty

3. Blame and blameworthiness

4. John Stuart Mill’s conception of morality

5. The normativity of the sentiments


Research group

Ethics and Practical Reason

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Book Chapters

  • Mcelwee, B. (2016). Mill and virtue. In D. E. Miller, & C. Macleod (Eds.), A Companion to Mill Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Mcelwee, B. (2016). What is demandingness? In M. van Ackeren, & M. Kühler (Eds.), The Limits of Moral Obligation: Moral Demandingness and Ought Implies Can (pp. 19-35). (Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory; No. 33). Abingdon, GB: Routledge.


PHIL 2030 Applied Ethics (Module Coordinator)

PHIL3016 Practical Ethics: World Poverty (Module Coordinator)

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