Welcome to the Centre for Engaged Philosophy at the University of Sheffield! The Centre for Engaged Philosophy brings together scholars and practitioners dedicated to philosophical practices that aim to inform, learn from, and build, ongoing collaborative relationships of import beyond the academy. 

This work is timely: our contemporary world is beset by complex problems. While philosophers were once deeply involved in addressing public affairs and social issues of their day, there is a tendency now to think of philosophy as an exercise in isolated reflection that abstracts away from real-world complexities. The Centre for Engaged Philosophy aims to engage philosophy deeply in the problems of our time, wrestling with the question of how careful thought might help to build a better future. 



Annual Women in the History of Philosophy Lecture: “Rose Rand (1903-1980). From the Archives: Real and Unreal”

The departments annual public Women in the History of Philosophy lecture is coming up! 5th of April, 2:30 – 4:30 pm Humanities Research InstituteUniversity of Sheffield This year, Professor Chris Meyns from the University of Pittsburgh will be presenting a paper on Rose Rand. See the abstract as follows: The philosopher Dr Rose Rand (1903-1980) …

Maria-Jose Pietrini-Sanchez presents at LSE Political Theory Graduate Conference

This week, centre member Maria-Jose Pietrini-Sanchez will present her research at the LSE Poltical Theory Graduate Conference, which takes place on the 14th and 15th of March.Her talk is part of the panel Embracing assymetry in political theory, and has the title A case for the asymmetric (un)enforceability of surrogacy contracts. You can find the …

New Special Module on Experimental Methods for Philosophers: “Lies, damned lies, and statistics”

Data are everywhere: in the news, on social media, in scientific publications, in political debates. They can inform and illuminate, but they can also deceive and manipulate. In the module “Lies, damn lies, and statistics” students will be introduced to some key ideas and techniques in probability and statistics. The module is based upon active …


Core Members

Chris Bennett

Chris’s research includes work on criminal justice, punishment and alternatives to punishment; as well as topics in moral psychology, such as moral emotions, blame and forgiveness.
Megan Blomfield

Megan’s research concerns global justice and the environment, focusing on the ethical and political dimensions of climate change.
T. Ryan Byerly

Ryan’s current research includes work on the character trait of others-centredness, the virtues of the intellectually dependable person, and the collective character traits of religious congregations
Matthew Cull

Matthew’s research looks at the nature of gender categories and how they might be improved in ways that promote justice, especially for trans people.
Josh Forstenzer

Josh’s research focuses on the value of democratic deliberative norms and practices. His most recent research pays special attention to the democratic value of higher education.
Isela González Vázquez

Isela works on Feminism, Philosophy of Science, and Philosophy of Biology. Their PhD focuses on the role of values in science, with a particular focus on biological accounts of sexual orientation.
Richard Hassal

My research is on the effects that psychiatric diagnoses have on their recipients. Specifically, this concerns the manner in which such medicalised diagnoses impact on an individual’s self-narrative and how this may lead to experiences of epistemic injustice
Jules Holroyd

Jules’ research focuses on ways that our cognitions are influenced by, and complicit in, injustices that track social identity, such as gender and race. Her recent work has focused on implicit racial bias.
Anna Klieber
Web & Media Project Assistant

Anna is interested in feminist philosophy of language, and especially focuses on silence and its role in conversations, as well as in social and political epistemology.
Robbie Morgan

Robbie is interested in the philosophy of sex and feminist philosophy. His current research is on the wrongness of sexual offences, the definition of ‘sexual act’, and whether a notion of sexualisation can help us to explain the harms of objectification.
Will Morgan

Will works on metaphysics, the philosophy of biology, and the intersection between these two areas. Specifically, he is interested in the problem of biological individuality in the philosophy of biology and how it bears on questions about composition in metaphysics.
Eric Olson

Eric has written on the possibility of life after death, what makes it bad to die, and the metaphysics of transhumanism and artificial intelligence.
Maria J Pietrini Sanchez

Maria works primarily on Ethics, Political Philosophy and Theory, and Feminism. Her research examines different approaches to the surrogacy debate, including the self-ownership view and the autonomy view. Particularly, her research focuses on commercial contractual surrogacy.
Barney Riggs

Barney works on the Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard. He is concerned with developing an account of Kierkegaard’s concept of busyness, as both a personal-religious and a socio-political critique.
Henry Roe
Web & Media Project Assistant

Henry is interested in epistemic vice and, in particular, arrogance. His thesis will explore how arrogance manifests in groups and the varieties of harm this supports.
Komarine Romdenh-Romluc

Komarine works in phenomenology. She has two current research projects: one is on the nature of habit, which she is exploring in clinical settings; the other is concerned with issues of power and communication between different cultures.
Jennifer Saul

Jenny’s current research is mainly in two areas: ways to improve workplaces (especially academia) to make them more welcoming for members of marginalised groups; and the pragmatics of sexism and racism in political speech.
Robert Stern

Bob is working on the Danish philosopher and theologian K. E. Løgstrup, who focuses on issues surrounding care, inter-dependence and vulnerability, and what it might mean to ‘love the neighbour’.
Rosa Vince

Rosa’s main research interests are in feminism and philosophy of sex. Her thesis examines the different kinds of feminist critiques and defences of pornography, and explores whether there are necessary harms in pornography or only contingent ones.