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Professor David Oderberg

a curly haired man wearing glasses and a jacket and shirt
  • Head of Department

Areas of interest

  • My chief area of research is contemporary metaphysics. I have special interests in moral philosophy, philosophy of religion, and the philosophies of Aristotle and Aquinas.
  • My latest book, The Metaphysics of Good and Evil, was published in 2020.
  • I am also the author of Opting Out (IEA, 2018), Real Essentialism (Routledge, 2007), Moral Theory (Blackwell, 2000), Applied Ethics (Blackwell, 2000), and The Metaphysics of Identity over Time (Palgrave, 1993).
  • In addition, I am: editor of Classifying Reality (Blackwell, 2012); editor of Form and Matter: Themes in Contemporary Metaphysics (Blackwell, 1999); The Old New Logic: Essays on the Philosophy of Fred Sommers (MIT Press, 2005); co-editor of Human Lives: Critical Essays on Consequentialist Bioethics (Palgrave, 1997); and co-editor of Human Values: New Essays on Ethics and Natural Law (Palgrave, 2004).

Postgraduate supervision

  • I usually supervise around five PhD students, mainly in my areas of expertise. I am happy to supervise doctoral research students in the following areas: metaphysics, Aristotle, Aquinas, ethics, philosophy of religion.

Teaching

  • Modules I teach have included Society and State in Ancient Greece, Metaphysics, and God, Time and Freedom.

Research centres and groups

Publications