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Professor Daniel Whiting BA (hons), MA, PhD

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I am a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southampton and 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 Department of Philosophy 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.


BA (Hons), Philosophy, University of Reading, 2001

MA, Philosophy, University of Reading, 2002

PhD, University of Reading, 2006

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Research interests

I have published on a wide range of subjects in philosophy, including epistemology, ethics, philosophy of language, aesthetics, philosophy of mind, and the history of philosophy. One theme which runs through much of this work is normativity - very roughly, the right and the good. Recent topics include: the nature of normative reasons; the distinction between subjective and objective reasons; the norms of belief, assertion, and practical reasoning; epistemic and motivational constraints on reasons; the distinction between first- and second-order reasons; normative testimony; epistemic value; and epistemic justification.

I am presently the Principal Investigator leading an international network on Higher-Order Evidence in Epistemology, Ethics, and Aesthetics, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council. The "core" members of the network are Elinor Mason (Edinburgh), Jon Robson (Nottingham), and Weiping Zheng (Xiamen), and many other philosophers will participate in its activities.

Between 2013 and 2015, I was the Principal Investigator on a research project, also 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.

I have supervised PhD students working on such topics as inferential role semantics, epistemic value, and deflationism about truth. I would be pleased to hear from students seeking supervision on topics which fall within my areas of research interest.

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Epistemology, History of Philosophy, Analytic Aesthetics and the History of Aesthetics, Philosophy of Language, Logic and Metaphysics, Ethics

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