Chad M Stevenson

PhD Philosophy


I'm a PhD philosophy candidate  (since 2018-19) here at the University of Edinburgh. I was fortunate enough to be the recipient of the James Forrester PhD Scholarship to support my studies. I am supervised by Dr. Guy Fletcher and Prof. Michael Cholbi.

Previously, my philosophical education was at the University of Melbourne, where I was supervised by Dr. Daniel Halliday. My primary research interests are problems in the philosophy of well-being, ethics, and meaning in life. 


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2018 M.A., University of Melbourne.

2013 Postgraduate diploma, University of Melbourne.

2012 Graduate diploma, University of Melbourne.

2007 Bachelor of Music performance, Box Hill Institute.

Undergraduate teaching

- Greats: From Plato the Enlightenment, 2019-2020, 2020-2021

- Morality and Value, 2019, 2020

Research summary

- well-being and the good life.

- ethics and morality

- Meaning, worth, and value.


Current research interests

My current research focuses on meaning in life. Specifically, I advance a theory about meaning in life I call asymmetric welfarism: the view that a life is meaningful insofar as it makes other welfare subjects betters off. Aside from marshalling arguments in its favour and responding to objections, I contend intuitions and theories about meaning in life are tracking different evaluative dimensions of a life which are less appreciated in the literature.

Past research interests

My previous work advanced a novel theory of well-being which I called the poker-hand account. I argued such a view captured a number of intuitions other types of theories couldn't, and proposed such an account could provide insight into current work on several long standing problems within the literature on the good life.

Conference details

See CV for details.