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

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

Undergraduate teaching

  • Philosophy Tutor, September 2019 – present

Teaching Awards Nominee, Edinburgh University Students’ Association, 2021

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

“Morality and Value” (2020/2021)

“Knowledge and Reality” (2019/2020)

  • PPLS Writing Centre Tutor, September 2019 – present

Research summary

Philosophy of mind, philosophy of cognitive science, moral psychology, moral philosophy

Current research interests

My current research interests revolve around the understanding and formation of moral judgements.

Papers delivered

  • “Meta-evaluation through narrative self-understanding: how reasons, intuitions and narrative understanding contribute to changing one’s mind”, “Reason, Rationality, and Culture” workshop, Tilburg University, October 2021 (forthcoming)
  • “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 – July 2021
  • Teaching Support, Sutton Trust Summer School (for students of ages 16–18 from underprivileged backgrounds), July 2020