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Simon Kirchin

European Literature
University of Kent


Simon Kirchin's research interests are mainly in metaethics and normative ethics, although he also has longstanding interests in aesthetics, medical ethics, metaphysics, political philosophy, and epistemology. He is currently finishing a project on thick evaluative concepts. An edited collection Thick Concepts came out with OUP in 2013, and he is currently drafting an accompanying monograph. He published a textbook, Metaethics, in 2012 with Palgrave Macmillan. He is currently interested in a number of topics: moral phenomenology and metaethics, reasons and rationality, and the relation between normativity and evaluation. His main focus is a joint project with Steve Pethick in Kent's Law School on the relation between agreement and disagreement, and the concept-conception distinction. Simon is a founding member of SoNG (the Southern Normativity Group), a member of Kent’s Aesthetics Research Centre, and a current member of the Executive Committee of the British Philosophical Association. From 2008 to 2014, he was President of the British Society for Ethical Theory, which is the leading society in the UK for moral philosophy. He co-edits a book series, Bloomsbury Ethics, with Thom Brooks. He also served as Associate Editor of Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 2007-13. For an interview with Simon on Metaethics, please click here.

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