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Department of History and Philosophy of Science


PhD student

College: King's
Supervisors: Hasok Chang and Stephen John
Thesis topic: Feyerabend's Practical Philosophy
Research interests: ethics; history of philosophy; Marxism; philosophy of science; political philosophy.

My thesis concerns Paul Feyerabend's (1924-1994) practical philosophy. I critically examine several ethical, political and social issues in his writings: his conception of human freedom; his critique of scientific ideology and expertise; the relation between epistemic pluralism and social justice; his theory of democratic relativism and cultural rights; and his inattention to questions of political transformation. I hope to determine what resources, if any, Feyerabend's philosophy offers to political theorists, policy-makers and activists.



In 2020-21, I will be supervising undergraduates taking the following papers, across History & Philosophy of Science (typically as part of the Natural Sciences Tripos) and the Philosophy Tripos:

  • HPS Part IB HPS2: Philosophy of Science
  • HPS Part II Paper 4: Philosophy of Economics
  • HPS Part II Paper 5: Epistemology and Metaphysics of Science
  • HPS Part II Paper 6: Ethics and Politics of Science and Medicine
  • Philosophy Part IA Paper 1: Metaphysics
  • Philosophy Part IA Paper 2: Ethics and Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy Part IB Paper 2: History of Analytic Philosophy
  • Philosophy Part IB Paper 3: Ethics
  • Philosophy Part II Paper 3: Ethics

In 2020 I supervised a visiting student for their undergraduate dissertation in bioethics.



I co-organise the Cambridge chapter for Minorities and Philosophy (MAP), an international organisation which promotes the participation of marginalised people in academic philosophy. I run the Power and Identity in Philosophy of Science reading group.