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Research interests

Catherine's research interests are in ethics and political philosophy, particularly the nature and value of self-development and the implications this has for wellbeing, morality and equality.

She 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.

Underpinning Catherine's research is an interest in the nature of philosophical methodology more generally, questionning 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
  • Knowledge and the World
  • Contemporary Ethics
  • Logic, Reason and Argument
  • Philosophical Research Skills
  • Merleau-Ponty
  • Phenomenology
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Political Philosophy
  • Liberalism and Equality

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

PhD supervision

Catherine is willing to hear from any potential dissertation students working on ethics, political philosophy or aesthetics. Please see 'research' interests for more details regarding specific topics that might be of interest.

Education/Academic qualification

Philosophy, PhD, University of Glasgow

Philosophy, Master’s Degree, University of Essex

Philosophy, Bachelor’s Degree, University of Glasgow


  • 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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Research Output

Talent Dispositionalism

Robb, C., 3 Feb 2020, In : Synthese.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticleScientificpeer-review

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