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Professorial Fellow: Stephen Priest


Stephen Priest is Senior Research Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, and a member of Hughes Hall at the University of Cambridge. He has been a Visiting Professor in universities in France, Germany, Japan, Macedonia, the Netherlands, and the United States.

Stephen is the author of The British Empiricists (Penguin, Routledge), Theories of the Mind (Penguin, Houghton Mifflin), Merleau-Ponty (Routledge), The Subject in Question (Routledge) and editor of Hegel’s Critique of Kant, (Oxford University Press), Jean-Paul Sartre: Basic Writings (Routledge) and A Dictionary of Philosophy (ed. with Antony Flew) (Macmillan).

His work has been translated into Japanese, Korean, Macedonian, Russian and Spanish. His current research interests include the relations between science and spirituality and the existence and nature of consciousness. He lectures in metaphysics, the history of philosophy, and the philosophy of history at the University of Oxford.

Senior Research Fellow: Charles Taylor


Professor Charles Taylor was awarded the prestigious Templeton Prize in 2007 and the Kyoto Prize for Thought and Ethics in 2008. He is Foreign Honorary Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a Grand Officer of the National Order of Quebec. Professor Taylor was for many years a Fellow of All Souls College, University of Oxford where he was Chichele Professor of Social and Political Theory from 1976 to 1981. He was also Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at McGill University where he is now Professor Emeritus.

Professor Taylor is a well-known critic of naturalism, which he defines as a family of theories that share the ambition to model the study of man on the natural sciences. This is reflected in his earliest monograph, The Explanation of Behaviour, and has been a central theme throughout his career. Professor Taylor has published numerous highly influential works in political philosophy where he is associated with the communitarian critique of liberalism. These include a number of reflections on the meaning and significance of modernity, such as his widely cited Sources of the Self. In recent years Professor Taylor has written extensively on the philosophy and sociology of religion, including his 2007 book, A Secular Age, described by the renowned sociologist Robert Bellah as ‘one of the most important books to be written in my lifetime.’

Senior Research Fellow: Paul Lodge


Paul Lodge is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford and a Tutorial Fellow in Philosophy at Mansfield College. He has a BA in Philosophy and Psychology from the University of Oxford, an MA in Philosophy of Mind from the University of Leeds, and a PhD in Philosophy from Rutgers University. Before returning to Oxford in 2003, he taught for five years at Tulane University in New Orleans. His research has been particularly focused on the philosophy of Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. His publications include The Leibniz-De Volder Correspondence — a critical edition and translation from manuscript sources with an extended introduction (Yale, 2013); Locke and Leibniz on Substance ed. (with Tom Stoneham) (Routledge, 2015); Leibniz and His Correspondents ed. (CUP, 2004); and numerous scholarly articles about Leibniz. He is currently working on Leibniz’s philosophical theology and ethics, with a particular focus on the foundational role that religious experience plays in these writings and in Leibniz’s philosophy as a whole.

Research Fellow: Ralph Weir


Ralph Weir is a Visiting Lecturer in philosophy at The University of Buckingham, and lectures in aesthetics at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford. He has also taught  epistemology, ancient philosophy, and ancient Greek language, and has contributed to conferences and workshops in the UK, USA, and Europe. These include plenary talks for the ‘Science and Personal Action’ conference, MIT, 2015, and the First International Philosophical Dialogue,  «EAST-WEST», Skopje, 2015. He holds a BPhil in Philosophy and an MSt in Ancient Philosophy from the University of Oxford and a BA in Philosophy from the University of Reading. His doctoral research at the University of Cambridge concerns the philosophy of mind and is funded by an AHRC scholarship. In addition to his work for the Dalai Lama Centre, he is co-founder of the Humane Philosophy Project, a collaboration between the Universities of Oxford and Warsaw organising high profile conferences, seminars, and accredited philosophy courses.

Research Fellow: Jan Westerhoff


Jan Westerhoff is University Lecturer in Religious Ethics at the University of Oxford. Originally trained as a philosopher and orientialist, his research focuses on philosophical aspects of the religious traditions of ancient India. Much of his work concentrates on Buddhist thought (especially Madhyamaka) as preserved in Sanskrit and Tibetan sources, he also has a lively interest in Classical Indian philosophy.

Research Fellow: Connie Svob


Connie Svob received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Alberta. During the tenure of her graduate studies, she was also a Visiting Student at the University of Oxford. At present, Dr. Svob is a Visiting Researcher at the Center for Philosophy of Religion at the University of Notre Dame, as well as a postdoctoral researcher in their Department of Psychology. Dr. Svob’s doctoral work focused on the intergenerational transmission of history and social attitudes (i.e., xenophobia) in children whose parent’s lived through war. Her present research examines the ways people remember historical events, life transitions, dreams, and religious experiences, and investigates how such memories relate to the cultivation of empathy. Dr. Svob also holds a diploma in Spiritual Direction through the Mount Carmel Spiritual Centre in Niagara Falls, Canada, and teaches courses at St. Joseph’s College on the psychology of faith.

Research Fellow: Mikołaj Sławkowski-Rode


Mikołaj Sławkowski-Rode is a Junior Research Fellow in philosophy at Blackfriars Hall, University of Oxford, and Assistant Professor at the Department of Philosophy of Culture, Institute of Philosophy, University of Warsaw. His Ph.D. thesis ‘The Experience of Finitude: Death and Otherness’ received a distinction and was nominated for the Ministerial Prize for the best doctorate in 2016. In 2013 Mikolaj co-founded the Humane Philosophy Project, an international collaboration between the Universities of Oxford and Warsaw. The Project hosts ongoing research seminars at the Universities of Oxford, Cambridge and Warsaw as well as conferences workshops and an annual international summer school. Mikołaj’s research interests include the relation of the individual to her community and the importance of moral emotions for understanding others. He is also interested in theories of the self in their broader cultural context, especially with respect to the importance of emotional integrity.

Research Fellow: Jonathan Price


Jonathan Price is Ph.D. Fellow and Lecturer in legal philosophy at Leiden University’s Institute for the Interdisciplinary Study of Law. He also tutors in philosophy and jurisprudence at the University of Oxford. With Professor Grahame Lock Jonathan set up the Leiden Oxford Exchange which gives graduate students of the University of Leiden the opportunity to carry out research in the philosophy of law at the University of Oxford. Jonathan is editor of Politics & Poetics, the 2015/2016 edition of which is being co-edited by the Dalai Lama Centre and will focus on the theme ‘Compassion and Community’. Jonathan is also editor of The Clarion Review at www.clarionreview.com.

Research Fellow: Benedikt Paul Göcke


Benedikt Paul Goecke is a Research Fellow at the Ian Ramsey Centre for Science and Religion and a Member of the Faculty of Theology at the University of Oxford.  He is also a Member of Blackfriars Hall, Oxford.

Goecke is the author of  ‘A Theory of the Absolute’  (Macmillan, 2014),  ‘Alles in Gott?’ (Friedrich Pustet, 2012) and editor of ‘After Physicalism’ (Nore Dame, 2012).

Research Fellow: Samuel Hughes


Samuel Hughes is a Vice-Chancellor’s Scholar at Selwyn College, Cambridge, where he is pursuing research on ethics and the philosophy of emotion.  From 2013-15 he was a Lord Crewe Scholar at Lincoln College, Oxford.  He holds a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics and a B.Phil. in Philosophy from the University of Oxford; his BA thesis on Schiller’s theory of 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.     Hughes is a peer reviewer for a number of leading academic journals, including the British Journal of Aesthetics and Mortality, an organizer of the Humane Philosophy Project and the Aesthetics Editor of Politics and Poetics.  In the coming year, he will be teaching at the Universities of Skopje, Warsaw and Buckingham, and working as a visiting researcher at the University of Tokyo.

Research Fellow: Tenzin Dechen Rochard


Tenzin Dechen Rochard has a B.A. (Hons) in Philosophy (University of London) and a Ph.D. in Buddhist philosophy (University of Cambridge). She also completed a traditional 10-year study programme in Buddhist Philosophy at the Institute of Buddhist Dialectics (Dharamsala, India). Dechen translated and edited Geshe Sopa Rinpoche’s oral commentary on the Insight section of Tsongkhapa’s Lamrim Chenmo (Steps on the Path to Enlightenment, Vol. 5, forthcoming, Wisdom Publications). She has been teaching Buddhism, Philosophy, and meditation in the UK and abroad for several years, and is involved with inter-faith dialogue. She is currently working for The Dalai Lama Trust, translating a recently composed compendium of teachings by ancient Indian Buddhist masters of the Nalanda tradition, historically the source of all Tibetan Buddhist traditions.

Research Fellow: Jacob Burda


Jacob Burda received his secondary education in a humanistic ‘Gymnasium’ in Munich, Germany, where he completed the Graecum and the Latinum. He thereafter pursued a Bachelor of Science in History and Philosophy of Science at the University College in London before moving on to a two-year Masters in Philosophy as a departmental prize-fellow at New York University. Jacob began reading for the DPhil in Philosophy at Oxford in October 2014 where he is focusing on the relationship between the thought of Martin Heidegger and the German romantics.

Research Fellow: Stefan Riedener

Stefan Riedener is a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Zurich’s Centre for Ethics. He received his undergraduate degree in philosophy, German literature and mathematics from the University of Zurich, and then completed a BPhil and a DPhil in philosophy at the University of Oxford (St John’s College). His current research focuses on moral responsibility and the ethics of blame and forgiveness. He is also interested in the problem of moral uncertainty and the ethics of doing good. As part of his community service in Switzerland, he has worked with refugee children and taught at a primary school.

Visiting Fellow: Alex Moran

Alex Moran is a third-year doctoral student at the University of Cambridge, Queens’ College. He holds a BA in philosophy from University College London, where he won several academic prizes, including the Rosa Morrison medal for best overall results across all Arts and Humanities subjects, and a B.Phil in Philosophy from the University of Oxford (University College), which was supported by a T. H. Green scholarship for Ethics. His doctoral research at Cambridge is funded by an AHRC-Walker Studentship, and his visiting position at the DLCC is supported by the Cambridge University AHRC DTP.

Alex has taught various philosophical topics at Cambridge including Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Ethics and Metaethics, Political Philosophy, and Early Modern Philosophy. He has also given lectures concerning the Philosophy of Perception. His own research lies mainly in Metaphysics and in the Philosophy of Mind, but he also has interests in Early Modern Philosophy, and in Early Analytic Philosophy, especially the work of Russell, Moore and Wittgenstein. He has presented his work at numerous conferences in the UK and in the USA