David Levy


  • Philosophy
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Room 8.01

40 George Square, Edinburgh
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  • Office hour: Tuesday 4.05-5.05pm


David Levy joined the department in 2004. Prior to that I taught in London. I have previous professional experience with topics in computer science.

I am interested in the nature of understanding, particularly of morals, ethics and people. I am developing an account of moral understanding that is oriented around experiences of morality and the good.

Almost all of the history of philosophy interests me. Recent philosophers whose work I admire include Simone Weil, Stanley Cavell and Peter Winch.





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Undergraduate teaching

Wittgenstein; Nature of Moral Understanding; Simone Weil; Freedom, Consent and Political Obligation


Postgraduate teaching



Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, Plato, Kant, Wittgenstein, Simone Weil, Phenomenology, Applied Ethics, Meaning.

Teaching is the most satisfying work I do.  I particularly enjoy and value close supervision of postgraduate and undergraduate work. I encourage potential research students to contact me with proposals.

Office hours:

Tuesday 3pm - 4pm


Current PhD students supervised

Martin Kelly (School of Law)


Past PhD students supervised



Research summary

Moral Philosophy, Wittgenstein, Understanding, Plato, Meaning, Simone Weil


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