Reading Ethics and Political Philosophy (REAPP) was founded in 2013 to create an institutional framework for collaboration and cooperation between moral and political philosophers across the University.
It currently has nine permanent faculty members across three departments, as well as a similar number of postgraduate research students. REAPP is co-directed by Dr Luke Elson in the Department of Philosophy and Dr Robert Jubb in the Department of Politics and International Relations.
REAPP organises regular conferences and workshops, bringing in internationally renowned speakers like T. M. Scanlon of Harvard University, who spoke at its launch conference in December 2013 on individual morality and the morality of institutions. Since then, speakers have come from universities across the UK and further afield, including Chicago, Leiden, Amsterdam, Milan and Northeastern, to discuss topics from the nature of legitimacy to how to understand political resistance.
Postgraduate research members of REAPP also organised two-day Graduate and Early Career Conferences in 2017, 2018 and 2019, with participants attending from the UK, Europe and the wider world.
As well as externally-focused events like workshops and conferences, REAPP also organises events focused on its members at Reading. It has organised a graduate reading group, which is also attended by some of its faculty members, and a work-in-progress seminar which currently meets twice a term.
The relationships that REAPP encourages and sustains have resulted in successful cross-departmental supervision of several PhD students, including some who have gone on to academic careers. These also feed, both directly and indirectly, into the research publications that its members write.
Papers presented at REAPP events have appeared in top academic journals such as Philosophy and Public Affairs and Political Studies and become part of academic monographs published by prestigious university presses like Oxford University Press.
Faculty members and co-directors
- Dr Robert Jubb – Co-director, Politics
- Dr Luke Elson – Co-director, Philosophy
- Dr Alice Baderin – Politics
- Professor Alan Cromartie – Politics
- Professor Brad Hooker – Philosophy
- Dr Dimitrios Kyritsis – Law
- Dr Maxime Lepoutre – Politics
- Dr Charlotte Newey – Philosophy
- Professor Philip Stratton-Lake – Philosophy