Lee Wilson

PhD Philosophy

  • Philosophy
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Contact details



Dugald Stewart Building

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
Post code


  • Fellowship (FHEA), AdvanceHE (formerly, 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

Graduate Fellow at CRITIQUE, Centre for Ethics and Critical Thought, 2020–

Committee Member for PPLS Equality & Diversity Committee, Other Protected Characteristics Working Group, 2020–

Committee Member for Edinburgh Women in Philosophy Group, 2019–2020

Organiser for EPiPHENy (Edinburgh Philosophy and Phenomenology) Reading Group, 2017–2020


Undergraduate teaching

I have been nominated for Student Tutor of the Year and Outstanding Innovation in Digital Teaching for the 2021 Edinburgh University Students’ Association Teaching Awards.

  • Tutor

    • PHIL10093 Political Philosophy - Spring 2021
    • PHIL08016 Greats: From Plato to the Enlightenment - Spring 2018–2021
    • PHIL08015 Morality and Value - Autumn 2018–2020
    • PHIL10179 Chinese Philosophy - Autumn 2018
    • THET08018 The God(s) of the Philosophers: Proposals and Problems - Spring 2020 (with the School of Divinity)
    • THET08010 God in Philosophy: Plato to Hume - Spring 2019 (with the School of Divinity)  
  • Teaching Fellow
    • PY041-401 Introduction to Chinese Philosophy - Summer 2019–2020, Winter 2021 (with the Centre for Open Learning)

Research summary

Ethics, Social Philosophy, Early Chinese Philosophy, Comparative Philosophy

Current research interests

My PhD research focuses on examining the problems of the concept of false consciousness.

Past research interests

History of Western Philosophy

Invited speaker

Apr 2019, Edinburgh Women in Philosophy Spring Workshop: “Eastern Philosophy,” Edinburgh.

  • "A Beauty Triumphant: The Paradox of Tragic Art and Bhattacharyya’s Concept of Rasa"

Apr 2019, MAP (Minorities and Philosophy) Glasgow Workshop 2019: “Us and Them: Violence, Discrimination and Minorities,” Glasgow.

  • "Voluntary Servitude and the Explanatory Problem of False Consciousness"

Papers delivered

May 2021 [forthcoming], “Thinking in the Dire Straits: Creolised Chinese Philosophy in the Straits Philosophical Society,” with Aerin Lai, Doing Theory in Southeast Asia, Hong Kong [online]

Jul 2020 [cancelled due to COVID-19], "Does False Consciousness Necessarily Preclude Moral Blameworthiness?: The Refusal of the Women Anti-Suffragists," Society for Applied Philosophy Annual Conference, Edinburgh.

Apr 2020 [cancelled due to COVID-19], "The Case of the Anti-Suffragists: Blameworthiness under False Consciousness," Nineteenth Century Research Seminars, Edinburgh.

Sep 2019, “Droll Diluvian Discourses: Zhiyan and Therapeutic Scepticism in the Zhuangzi,” Joint East Asian Studies Conference 2019, Edinburgh.

Aug 2019, “Voluntary Servitude and the Explanatory Problem of False Consciousness,” Social Ontology 2019: The 6th Biennial ENSO Conference, Tampere.

Jul 2019, “Blameworthiness, Victimhood, and the Case of the Women Anti-Suffragists,” Understanding Value VIII Conference, Sheffield.

Jul 2019, “Confucianism and Totalitarianism: Mencius vs Xunzi Reconsidered via Arendt,” 1st Oxford Symposium on Comparative Political Philosophy, Oxford.

Jun 2019, “Laughing with the Fish and Birds: Moral Failure, Therapeutic Scepticism, and Humour in the Zhuangzi,” Curing through Questioning: Philosophy as Therapy Across Ancient Traditions and Modern Applications, Oxford.

May 2019, Response to Keynote Talk, “Hermeneutical Injustice as Basing Failure” by Mona Simion, Edinburgh Graduate Epistemology Conference, Edinburgh.

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.

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.

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


  • “Why They Know Not What They Do: A Social Constructionist Approach to the Explanatory Problem of False Consciousness.” Journal of Social Ontology. [forthcoming]

  • “Does False Consciousness Necessarily Preclude Moral Blameworthiness?: The Refusal of the Women Anti-Suffragists.” Hypatia. [forthcoming]

  • “Grounding Confucian Moral Psychology in Rasa Theory: A Commentary on Shun Kwong-loi’s ‘Anger, Compassion, and the Distinction between First and Third-Person’.” Australasian Philosophical Review. 6:1 (2022). [forthcoming]

  • “Genealogy as Meditation and Adaptation in the Han Feizi.” Edited by Daniele Lorenzini. Invited piece, special issue on genealogy, The Monist. 2022. [forthcoming]

  • “Han Feizi’s Genealogical Arguments.” In Adventures in Chinese Realism: Classic Philosophy Applied to Contemporary Issues, edited by Eirik Lang Harris and Henrique Schneider. Albany, NY: SUNY Press. 2022. [forthcoming]

  • “Confucianism and Totalitarianism: An Arendtian Reconsideration of Mencius vs. Xunzi.” Philosophy East & West 71:4 (2021). [forthcoming]

  • “Virtue and Virtuosity: Xunzi and Aristotle on the Role of Art in Ethical Cultivation.” Journal of Confucian Philosophy and Culture 30 (2018): 75–103.


  • Society for Applied Philosophy Doctoral Scholarship, 2020–2021
  • 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
  • PPLS-Gray Postgraduate Publication Prize, The University of Edinburgh, 2018
  • Tan Ean Kiam Postgraduate Scholarship in the Humanities, Tan Kah Kee Foundation, 2017