Jenny Zhang

PhD Philosophy

  • Philosophy
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Dugald Stewart Building

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
Post code

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Edinburgh Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) Chapter (previously Edinburgh Women in Philosophy Group), September 2020 – present
  • James McCune Smith Reading Group (as part of Edinburgh MAP Chapter), September 2020 – present

Undergraduate teaching

  • Associate Fellowship (AFHEA), Advance HE (HEA), February 2022 – present
  • Philosophy Tutor, September 2019 – present

Teaching Awards Nominee, Edinburgh University Students’ Association, 2021

“Morality and Value” (2022/2023; 2021/2022; 2020/2021)

“Greats: From Plato to the Enlightenment” (2021/2022; 2020/2021)

“Knowledge and Reality” (2019/2020)

  • PPLS Skills Centre Tutor, September 2019 – present

Research summary

Moral psychology, moral philosophy, philosophy of mind, philosophy of science

Current research interests

My current research interests revolve around the value-laden nature of the predominant approaches in moral psychology, the simplifying, abstracting methodology employed in these approaches, and how they pose a problem for capturing the moral subject matter (moral phenomena, moral behaviour, moral experiences, etc.).

Papers delivered

  • “A methodological critique of moral psychology”, Normativity Workshop 2022, University of Edinburgh, August 2022
  • “A new direction for moral psychology? Lessons from everyday moral experiences”, 9th Conference by Women, Genderqueer and Non-binary Philosophers, University of Antwerp, June 2022
  • “A new direction for moral psychology? Lessons from everyday moral experiences”, 2022 Utrecht Philosophy Graduate Conference, Utrecht University, May 2022
  • “Responsiveness to Reasons and Changing One’s Mind”, “Why and How We Give and Ask for Reasons” Conference, University of Hradec Králové (Hybrid), October 2021
  • “The Role of Meta-evaluation through Narrative Self-understanding in Changing One’s Mind”, Reasons, Rationality, and Culture Workshop, Tilburg University (Online), October 2021
  • “Reasoning, meta-evaluation and narrative understanding: understanding ‘intuitive’ moral judgements”, Active Mind Lab, University of Edinburgh (Online), April 2021
  • “Reasoning and narrative understanding in grasping arguments”, BPPA Seminar Series, British Postgraduate Philosophy Association (BPPA) (Online), April 2021
  • “Reasoning and narrative understanding: how we make sense of others’ moral judgements”, Postgrad Philosophy Work-in-Progress (WiP) Seminar, University of Edinburgh (Online), February 2021
  • “Reasoning and narrative understanding via emotional cadence in argument”, Active Mind Lab, University of Edinburgh (Online), October 2020
  • YourEd Subject Tutor, Widening Participation YourEd+ Project (for S5 and S6 students from underprivileged backgrounds), May 2021 – present
  • Teaching Support, Sutton Trust Summer School (for students of ages 16–18 from underprivileged backgrounds), July 2020