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Cambridge AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership - Student Profiles



My doctoral research at the University of Cambridge is on the metaphysics of mind and is supported by a full AHRC scholarship. I am currently writing about the implications of the metaphysics of properties for property dualism, and spoke on this topic at the 2017 Graduate Session of the Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and the Mind Association. I teach metaphysics, epistemology and philosophy of mind at Cambridge. I have also supervised several MA students in philosophy at the University of Leiden and the University of Buckingham where I am a visiting lecturer. Prior to this I taught aesthetics, ancient philosophy, and Ancient Greek at the University of Oxford whilst reading for the BPhil in Philosophy and the MSt in Ancient Philosophy. 

I am also a Research Fellow of the Dalai Lama Centre for Compassion (DLCC) Oxford and co-founder of the Humane Philosophy Project (HPP). A secular ethics centre, the DLCC was recently commissioned to produce an introductory ethics course for school children, in partnership with the Dragon School, Oxford. I am one of the three leading members of the course's development group. The HPP is an initiative based at the University of Oxford and the University of Warsaw which aims to promote a humane approach to philosophy, and to bridge the geographical divides that characterise philosophy in Europe. Working with the Ian Ramsey Centre at the University of Oxford the HPP was recently awarded a grant from the John Templeton Foundation for a project based at the University of Oxford on science, religion and humane philosophy in central and eastern Europe. I will be employed as a postdoctoral researcher on this project. 

Other academic interests

Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Aesthetics, Philosophy of Art, Philosophy of Religion, History of Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Classical Philology, Literature 


Department: Philosophy
Supervisor: Tim Crane
College: Jesus
AHRC Subject Area: Philosophy
Title of Thesis: The Self
 Ralph Stefan Weir