Chad M Stevenson

PhD Philosophy


I'm a PhD candidate (since 2018-19) 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.

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, 2020

- Morality and Value, 2019

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 am developing an argument in favour for a theory of meaning in life I call asymmetric welfarism: a life is meaningful to the extent in which it makes betters off. I defend this view from several prominent objections by both (a) marshalling responses to such objections, and (b) offering plausible alternative accounts to what the objection is actually tracking.

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.

Dr Guy Fletcher

Dr Ellie Mason