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I joined the University of Roehampton Humanities department in 2018 as a Lecturer in Philosophy. Prior to this I held a teaching fellowship in applied ethics at the University of Leeds (2017-18) and obtained my doctorate at the University of Sheffield (2017).
My main area of research is the history of American philosophy, with an emphasis on the American pragmatists Charles S. Peirce and William James. The aspects of pragmatist thought which most interest me include: ethical realism and moral sentimentalism; idealism and pluralism; the role of experience in metaphysical and moral inquiry; habits, virtues and temperaments in philosophical inquiry; and religious belief and experience.
I am also interested in applying concepts and arguments from the history of philosophy to contemporary issues. In my current research, I am applying a pragmatist framework to issues in environmental ethics, animal rights and issues around social class.
- PhD, Philosophy, University of Sheffield (2017)
- MA, Philosophy, University of Sheffield (2012)
- BA, Literature and Philosophy, University of East Anglia (2011)
I currently teach some combination of the following courses: Ethical Theory (Year 1); Classical Philosophy (Year 1); Philosophy, Film and Literature (Year 1); Contempory Epistemology (Year 3); Animals and Environment (Year 3); Research in the History of Philosophy (Year 3); and Popular Ecologies (MA).
I am also the Programme Convenor for the English Literature and Philosophy BA programme (2020/21). For more information, see here.
I am keen to supervise work in American Philosophy and in ethical issues involving animals and the environment.
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Williams, N. W., 21 Jul 2021, (Accepted/In press) In: Journal of the History of Philosophy.
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Williams, N. W., 11 Jul 2019, In: British Journal for the History of Philosophy.
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Williams, N. W., 2018, In: British Journal for the History of Philosophy. 26, 1, p. 154 - 175 21 p.
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Williams, N. W. & Saunders, J., 25 Jan 2018, In: European Journal of Philosophy . 26, 4, p. 1269 - 1282 23 p.
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