Wilson Lee

  • Philosophy
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Dugald Stewart Building

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
Post code


  • Associate Fellowship (AFHEA), UK Higher Education Academy
  • MA (Research) in Philosophy, National University of Singapore, 2015–2017
  • BA (Hons) in Philosophy, First Class, National University of Singapore, 2011–2015

Responsibilities & affiliations

Organiser and Administrator of EPiPHENy (Edinburgh Philosophy and Phenomenology) Reading Group

Undergraduate teaching

  • PHIL10179 Chinese Philosophy, Autumn 2018
  • PHIL08015 Morality and Value, Autumn 2018
  • PHIL08016 Greats: From Plato to the Enlightenment, Spring 2018
  • GET1029/GEK1067 Life, the Universe, and Everything, 2015–2017 (at the National University of Singapore)

Research summary

False Consciousness, Ideology, Moral Responsibility

Current research interests

My PhD research focuses on the relationship between false consciousness and moral responsibility. Specifically, I am concerned with the difficulties of certain conceptions of moral responsibility in accounting for blameworthy actions performed under false consciousness.

Past research interests

Comparative Philosophy, Classical Chinese Philosophy, History of Western Philosophy, Zhuangzi, Han Feizi, Søren Kierkegaard, Hannah Arendt

Papers delivered

[forthcoming, Nov 2018], “We Are Living in a Predictable World and I Am a Predictable Girl: Voluntary Servitude, Social Construction, and Predictive Processing,” [with Kathryn Nave] 22nd Oxford Graduate Philosophy Conference, Oxford.

Jul 2018, “Voluntary Servitude and Blameworthiness: The Case of Women Anti-Suffragists,” 7th Hamburg Philosophy Summer School, Hamburg.

Jul 2018, “Virtue and Virtuosity: Xunzi and Aristotle on Moral Education and the Arts,” Educating Character Through the Arts, Birmingham.

Jul 2018, “Predicament and Predictability: Voluntary Servitude, Social Construction, and Predictive Processing,” [with Kathryn Nave] The Division of Labour and the Development of the Self: What Can ‘EEEE’ Cognition Theories Tell Us about the Capitalist Paradigm of Development?, Edinburgh.

Jul 2018, “A Predictable Predicament: Voluntary Servitude, Looping, and Predictive Processing,” [with Kathryn Nave] British Postgraduate Philosophical Association Annual Conference: Women* in Philosophy, Birmingham.

Jun 2018, "The Nativity of Politics: Hannah Arendt on Natality, Narrativity, and the Question Concerning Totalitarianism," Warwick Continental Philosophy Conference: Identity and Community, Coventry.

Jun 2018, "Doxastic False Consciousness and the Problem of Voluntary Servitude," Brave New World Conference, Manchester.

Jan 2018, "Truth as Terrible as Death: Doxastic False Consciousness and the Problem of Voluntary Servitude," OZSW Graduate Conference in Theoretical Philosophy: ‘Philosophy and the ALT World’, Amsterdam.

Jul 2017, "Han Feizi's Genealogical Arguments," 20th International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy, Singapore.

Jul 2017, "Confucianism and Totalitarianism," 20th International Conference of the International Society for Chinese Philosophy, Singapore.

Apr 2017, "Laughing at One's Own Moral Failure with the Zhuangzi," 4th Graduate Conference on Asian Philosophy, Taipei.

Apr 2016, "Han Feizi and the Genealogy of Virtues," 6th Singapore-Hong Kong-Macau Symposium on Chinese Philosophy, Hong Kong.

Sep-Oct 2015, "Banality and Blameworthiness: Moral Ignorance, Badness, and Bad Faith," Australasian Philosophy Postgraduate Conference, Adelaide.

Mar 2015, "Diluvian Discourses: Zhiyan and Therapeutic Scepticism in the Zhuangzi," 2nd Annual Triangular Graduate Student Conference, Singapore.

PPLS-Gray Postgraduate Publication Prize, The University of Edinburgh, 2018

Edinburgh Global Research Scholarship, The University of Edinburgh, 2017–2020

College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences - School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences Postgraduate Research Award, The University of Edinburgh, 2017–2020

Tan Ean Kiam Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities, Tan Kah Kee Foundation, 2017

陈延谦中国哲学奖学金(高级学位)/ The Kongzi Culture Fund Scholarship: Tan Ean Kiam Chinese Philosophy Award (Postgraduate), 南洋孔教会 Nanyang Confucian Association, 2015