James Brown

PhD Philosophy

  • Philosophy
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Dugald Stewart Building

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
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My research is primarily in metaethics. In my doctoral thesis, I examine how theories of propositional content and attitudes might inform an expressivist theory of normative thought and discourse. I also have a broader interest in ethics, philosophy of language, and philosophy of mind. My doctoral research is currently supported by a Royal Institute of Philosophy Bursary. From 2016-19 it was supported by an Arts and Humanities Research Council DTP Studentship with the Scottish Graduate School of Arts and Humanities. I am an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.





2016 MPhilStud Philosophy - University College London

2013 MA Philosophy - University College London

2012 BA Philosophy - University of Southampton

Undergraduate teaching

  • Morality and Value, University of Edinburgh (2017-20)
  • Knowledge and Reality, University of Edinburgh (2019-20)
  • Environmental Ethics, University of Edinburgh (2018-19)
  • Greats: From Plato to Enlightenment, University of Edinburgh (2017-18)
  • Mind, Matter, and Language, University of Edinburgh (2016-17)