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Research interests

Catherine's research interests are in ethics and metaphysics, particularly the nature and value of talent, ability and skill, and the implications this has for well-being, morality and equality.

Catherine also has an active research in aesthetics, phenomenology and the philosophy of music, currently working on Merleau-Ponty's phenomenological account of music, silence and ideas.

Catherine is currrently working on two projects: the philosophy of fame and celebrity (working with colleague from Tilburg, Alfred Archer), and the nature of group talent and skill. 

Underpinning Catherine's research is an interest in the nature of philosophical methodology more generally, questioning the so-called boundary between 'analytic' and 'continental' philosophies. 


Catherine has taught on a wide range of courses, in both Philosophy and Music departments, and to all-levels of year groups. Topics previously taught have included:

  • Moral Philosophy
  • Contemporary Ethics
  • Logic, Reason and Argument
  • Philosophical Research Skills
  • Phenomenology
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Political and Social Philosophy
  • Feminism and Disability 
  • Philosophical Methodology

Current courses

Catherine currently teaches on the following courses:

  • Close Reading I (Derrida)
  • Contemporary Philosophy for Pre-Masters
  • Perspectives on Europe
  • Wicked Problems 101 and 302
  • Methodology (Styles of Philosophy)
  • Organization Ethics
  • Applied Ethics
  • Scientific Skills 2
  • Social Philosophy for PEW

Current courses

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Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy, PhD, The Nature and Value of Talent: Morality, Well-Being and Equality, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 13 Sept 2018

Philosophy, Master’s Degree, MA in Continental Philosophy, University of Essex

Award Date: 13 Sept 2013

Philosophy, Bachelor’s Degree, MA (Hons) in Music and Philosophy, University of Glasgow

Award Date: 13 Sept 2012


  • Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Political Philosophy / Political Ethics
  • Talent
  • Aesthetics
  • Philosophy of Music
  • Well-Being
  • Moral Responsibility
  • Moral Education
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy Of Social Sciences And Humanities
  • Meta-Philosophy


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