About me


I am Senior Fellow in the Public Understanding of Philosophy and Associate Professor in Philosophy at the University of Warwick.

I took up the role of the UK’s first Senior Fellow in the Public Understanding of Philosophy in October 2009, and my aim is to make philosophy accessible to as wide a range of the public as possible. To this end I am exploring new social media such as this blog and Twitter, in addition to my work in more traditional media such as radio, TV, podcasts and print journalism (I appear regularly, for example, on BBC Radio 4 In Our Time and the World Service Forum.)

Philosophy offers us a wide range of historical ‘answers’ to the big questions – how humans can best live together, or the relation between pleasure and happiness; philosophy also gives us the rational tools needed to tackle these urgent questions for ourselves.

Most of my work is in ancient Greek philosophy and in ethics, and I have broad interests across both fields: the ethics of flourishing and virtue ethics; courage, heroism and fame; war and peace; mental health and illness; love and desire. I am currently working on a new translation of and commentary on Plato’s Symposium (for Oxford University Press).

Outside academia, I enjoy walking and gardening; reading; music; the theatre – and cricket!