AHRC-funded project 2015-16. Monograph Rethinking Existentialism to be published by Oxford University Press in July 2018.
As well as drafting the monograph, this project involved a series of workshops and a conference aimed at reshaping the reception of existentialist moral psychology in academia and in psychotherapy. For full details, visit the project website.
The Architecture of Personal Dispositions
Series of interdisciplinary events at which philosophers and psychologists analysed the nature and moral implications of the relations between character traits, attitudes, values, habits, and automatic responses. Co-organised with Alberto Masala across 2010-2012.
The series of events at Cardiff University and Université Paris-Sorbonne culminated in the volume From Personality to Virtue: Essays on the Philosophy of Character published by Oxford University Press in 2016. For full details, visit the project archive.
Reading Sartre: on Phenomenology and Existentialism
AHRC-funded project 2009-10. Book of 14 original exegetical and critical papers on Sartre's philosophical writings up to 1950 published by Routledge in August 2010.
Project involved three workshops in 2009, at which drafts of the papers were discussed. The book was launched with a conference at Sartre's alma mater, École Normale Superiéure, in Paris on 20-21 September 2010. Full details of the conference.
Projects in which I was an invited participant:
Implicit Bias and Philosophy (2011-2013)
Interdisciplinary project based at the University of Sheffield exploring the philosophical implications of psychological research into cognitive and behavioural biases that purportedly operate beyond the reach of the agent's conscious awareness. Funded by the Leverhulme Trust.
My own interest in the issue concerns the relation between implicit bias and character, the prospects for a virtue ethical response to implicit bias, and just what is meant by the claim that these biases differ from other motivations in being beyond our self-awareness. Some of the papers on my Papers page explore these issues. For more information about this project and about implicit bias generally, visit the project website.
Causation in Science (2010-2015)
Interdisciplinary project based at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences exploring the conceptions of dispositions and causal processes employed across the experimental sciences. Funded by the Norwegian Research Council (NFR).
My own work in this project concerned the dispositional structures of character traits and evaluative attitudes as these are conceived of in philosophical ethics and in experimental psychology. This has informed one recent paper and my forthcoming work on virtues and attitude psychology. For more information about the project, visit the project website.
Culture and the Mind (2007-2010)
I was a participant in the Norms and Moral Psychology theme of this AHRC-funded project based at University of Sheffield, which led to a collaborative experimental investigation into the folk classification of actions as intentional or otherwise. Our paper on this topic, 'Intentional Side-Effects of Action', is now available to download from my Papers page. For more information on this project, visit the project website