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Mr Fionn O'Donovan 

Postgraduate Research Student

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Before coming to Southampton, I read Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Brasenose College, University of Oxford (2012-15), and then completed a Masters in Philosophy at the University of Reading (2015-16). I am now studying for a PhD in Philosophy, focusing on Wittgenstein and Ethical Naturalism. One basic question I want to address in my research is: can Wittgenstein's philosophical method, when applied to ethics, show us how best to counter scepticism about morality and moral justification? I think the answer is "yes", and that the picture of moral justification that emerges from this is a naturalistic, broadly Aristotelian one.

Research interests

Moral Philosophy (in particular: meta-ethics, the ethics of killing, ethics and strategy, moral motivation)


Philosophy of Religion

Social and Political Philosophy

Research Publications

"In Light of the Value of Personal Relationships, is Immortality Desirable?" Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics Blog (2015)


Mr Fionn O'Donovan
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