Areas of research and graduate supervision in the Open University Philosophy Department
Ethics (including metaethics and applied ethics), epistemology, philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, philosophy of linguistics, some topics in philosophy of science.
Environmental philosophy; philosophy and animals; issues in life and death (including bioethics, population ethics, happiness and the meaning of life); value theory; personal identity.
Normative ethics, applied ethics, metaethics; ancient philosophy, especially Plato and Aristotle; epistemology; philosophy of religion; philosophy of mind and action.
History of philosophy, especially twentieth century; history of philosophy of science, especially twentieth century; philosophy of science in the French tradition; historical epistemology; historiography; sociology of scientific knowledge.
Aesthetics; in particular, the philosophy of fiction and narrative. Also moral and political philosophy.
Political philosophy, and moral philosophy as it impinges on the political. Within political philosophy; Marx, Aristotle, egalitarianism and social justice, political obligation, analytical accounts of discrimination, and applied ethics and political action.
Predominantly the philosophy of mind, especially theory of content (including teleosemantics), rationality, emotions and moral psychology. Also a broader interest in normativity; her work on emotion bears on specific questions in ethics and aesthetics. She has also written on metaphysics, especially in connection with functions and functional explanations.
Philosophy of Art, Philosophy of Photography, Applied Ethics, Political Philosophy, Free Expression, Philosophy and the Internet, Atheism.
Comparative aesthetics, especially if the comparisons involve Japan or China; the philosophy of Nishida Kitarō; the philosophy of Santayana.