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I am currently reading for a Ph.D. at the University of Cambridge, working on the theory of emotion and on role of emotions like shame, pride and guilt in moral epistemology.  My first degree was in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Lincoln College, Oxford; my thesis, on Schiller’s account of our pleasure in tragedy, was awarded the Elizabeth Anscombe Prize for the best philosophy thesis in 2013, and has subsequently been accepted for publication in the British Journal of Aesthetics.   Thereafter I remained at Lincoln as a Lord Crewe Scholar whilst reading for a B.Phil. in Philosophy, which I completed in June 2015, with a thesis on the philosophy of emotion under the supervision of Edward Harcourt; I then spent the summer of 2015 as a visiting research student at the University of Tokyo.  I am a peer reviewer for a number of academic journals, including the British Journal of Aesthetics and Mortality and an organizer of the international Humane Philosophy Project; I have held guest teaching lectureships at the Universities of Warsaw and Skopje and am currently teaching on an MA programme at the University of Buckingham.

Other academic interests

I have a range of philosophical interests in ethics, aesthetics, moral psychology, philosophy of mind and aesthetics; although I am not primarily a historian of philosophy, I believe in the immense value and relevance of the canon for contemporary work, and have drawn extensively on Kant and the post-Kantian tradition.  I also have wide interests outside of philosophy, especially in social and intellectual history, anthropology, political theory, and German and Japanese literature: from these sources too, I believe academic philosophy has much to gain by judicious engagement.

Department: Faculty of Philosophy
Supervisor: Angela Breitenbach
College: Selwyn
AHRC Subject Area: Philosophy
Title of Thesis:
 Samuel  Hughes