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Our Experienced Team

At the University of Lincoln, we are proud of our reputation for providing a high-quality student experience underpinned by inspirational teaching. During your studies you will have the opportunity to learn from a range of academics including lecturers, senior lecturers, professors, and visiting experts.

Below is a brief introduction to our team of Philosophy academics.

Dr Daniel Came 

Dr Daniel Came is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy. Before joining the University of Lincoln, he held posts at the Universities of Oxford, London, and Hull. His research interests straddle the 'analytic-continental' divide and he has published books and papers on Nietzsche, Schopenhauer, ethics, aesthetics, the philosophy of religion, transhumanism, and the philosophy of death. He has additional research interests in animal ethics and the philosophy of veganism, and is co-director (with Professor Gary L. Francione) of the University of Lincoln's recently established Animal Ethics Research Group.

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Professor Gary L. Francione

Professor Gary L. Francione is Board of Governors Distinguished Professor of Law and Katzenbach Scholar of Law and Philosophy at Rutgers University in the U.S. He is Visiting Professor of Philosophy at the University of Lincoln. His scholarship has focused on the areas of animal ethics and animal law. He is critical of the theory of animal welfare and has pioneered a theory of animal rights that rejects the status of animals as chattel property, attributes personhood to animals on the basis of sentience alone, and emphasises the connections between animal rights and other social justice concerns. He has written or co-authored eight books and numerous articles on animal ethics and law. His latest book, The Philosophy of Veganism: An Essay on Justice for Nonhuman Persons will be published in 2020.

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Dr Mark Hocknull

Dr Mark Hocknull is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Programme Leader of the BA (Hons) Philosophy course at Lincoln, where he teaches Moral Philosophy. Mark has PhDs in both Science and Philosophy of Religion, and has published work in both areas. His broad research interests include the relationship of science and religion, the philosophy of evil, and the philosophy of biology. He also has interests in the uses of Virtual Reality and other digital techniques to teach philosophy and the humanities more generally.

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Dr Olley Pearson

Dr Olley Pearson is Lecturer in Philosophy. Before coming to Lincoln, he held research and teaching posts at Durham University. He works on a range of topics within metaphysics (broadly construed), including time, the self, fundamentality, and grounding. He is currently completing a project on infinite regresses, before attempting to provide a new ontology of time.

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Dr J. Brian Pitts

J. Brian Pitts is a philosopher of science interested in the physical sciences (especially space, time and gravity), the general philosophy of science, early modern history of science and intellectual history, and the philosophy of mind, among other things. He earned a PhD in the History and Philosophy of Science (Philosophy concentration) at the University of Notre Dame in 2008 and a PhD in Physics at The University of Texas at Austin in 2001. In 2012 he came to the UK where he has been conducting research and lecturing at the University of Cambridge. Brian has won grants from the John Templeton Foundation and the National Science Foundation (USA). 

Professor Anna Marie Roos 

Professor Anna Marie Roos joined Lincoln from the University of Oxford, where she was the Lister Research Fellow. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and the Linnean Society of London. She studies the early Royal Society, as well as natural history, chemistry, and medicine in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, and publishes not only as a professional historian but also as an advisor to taxonomists. Her scientific and historical work has been featured in Nature News, Wellcome History, National Geographic, the Guardian and the New York Times, and has received the John Thackray Medal.

In Trinity Term 2017, she was a visiting fellow at All Souls College, Oxford for her next book project, an intellectual biography of Royal Society President and antiquary Martin Folkes (Oxford University Press, under contract). In 2018, she became editor of Notes and Records: The Royal Society journal of the history of science. Anna Marie is interested in the history and philosophy of science, and she teaches the modules Newton's Revolution and the Philosophy of Colour.

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Dr Ralph Weir

Dr Ralph Weir is Lecturer in Philosophy. He works mainly on the philosophy of mind, free will, and metaphysics. His wider interests include aesthetics, ancient philosophy, and philosophy of religion. Ralph has a BA in Philosophy from the University of Reading, an MSt in Ancient Philosophy, and a BPhil in Philosophy from the University of Oxford. He recently submitted a PhD thesis on the mind-body problem at the University of Cambridge. He has taught at undergraduate level at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge, and Warsaw, and has supervised MA students at the Universities of Buckingham and Leiden. He co-founded the Humane Philosophy Project and has received several significant grants, including a £3 million John Templeton Foundation grant for the project New Horizons for Science and Religion in Central and Eastern Europe. In 2017 he was named IVP Young Philosopher of Religion.

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Dr Hope Williard

Dr Hope Williard joined the University in 2017 and is the Academic Subject Librarian for Philosophy. She offers support for all Philosophy students to navigate and utilise the library’s resources in order to support their study and research. When not buying new books on philosophy, setting up reading lists, or helping untangle the mysteries of referencing systems, Hope is a medievalist, and earned her PhD in Medieval History from the University of Leeds.

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Professor Nick Zangwill

Nick Zangwill is Visiting Professor of Philosophy. Much of his work is on meta-normative issues, especially in moral philosophy and aesthetics, and he also works in epistemology, metaphysics and other areas of philosophy. He has written three monographs, edited two collections, and published more than 150 articles.

He has worked at the universities of Hull, Durham, Oxford, and Glasgow, with visiting positions at Brown, Ohio State, Osaka, Ritsumeikan, Sao Paulo, UNICAMP, the Institute of Fundamental Sciences in Tehran, and Padua. In the academic year 2017-18, he was Visiting Research Professor at the Murphy institute at Tulane University. Topics of his recent undergraduate lectures include moral philosophy; Descartes, Hume and Kant; Twentieth Century philosophy of language and metaphysics; and aesthetics.