Debbie Roberts joined Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh in 2014. She was a lecturer in Philosophy at the University of York from 2011-14. Before that, she was a teaching fellow at the University of Sussex. She completed her PhD at the University of Reading in 2011, supervised by Jonathan Dancy and Philip Stratton-Lake. Before moving to the UK to study for her PhD she was a lecturer in the School of Philosophy and Ethics at the University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.
- 'Why Believe in Normative Supervenience?' Oxford Studies in Metaethics 13, ed. Russ Shafer-Landau
- 'Thick Concepts' in The Routledge Handbook of Metaethics, ed. Tristram McPherson and David Plunkett (Routledge)
- 'Depending on the Thick' in Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society Supplemetary Volume
- 'Thick Epistemic Concepts' Forthcoming in Metaepistemology ed. Conor McHugh, Jonathan Way and Daniel Whiting (OUP)
- Latest research publications
- Associate Editor, Analysis July 2016-September 2021
- Mind Executive Committee July 2015-July 2020
- BSET Director 2011-15
Responsibilities & affiliations
- Phil Skills Co-ordinator
- Philosophy Postgraduate e-Learning Programme
- Ethics (3rd yr)
- Metaethicss (4th yr)
- Thursdays 11-12, or by appointment.
- Advanced Ethics
- Thursdays 11-12, or by appointment
Open to PhD supervision enquiries?
Areas of interest for supervision
I am interested in supervising students working in metaethics and/or normative ethics, particularly on issues to do with realism, naturalism and nonnaturalism, the metaphysics of the normative (supervenience, explanation and grounding, for example) and thick concepts and the nature of evalution, and theory v anti-theory.
Current PhD students supervised
Brian Ness: Can Virtue Ethics provide the grounding for an AI-based tool capable of supporting human agents facing difficult ethical dilemmas?
Declan O' Gara: Epistemic and prudential companions-in-guilt arguments
Moral Philosophy, particularly metaethics and related areas.