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Dr Jonathan Lewis

Institute of Ethics

Name: Dr Jonathan Lewis
Department: Institute of Ethics
Role: Post-Doctoral Fellow
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Biographical Details

Jonathan is a Postdoctoral Fellow in Philosophy in the School of Theology, Philosophy and Music. He is co-principal investigator on one of the seven work packages for an European-Commission-funded (Horizon 2020) project, ”Mapping Normative Frameworks for Ethics and Integrity of Research”, under the auspices of the Institute of Ethics. 

His primary research interest is practical philosophy and its interactions with philosophy of science, metaphysics and metaethics with the aim of demonstrating how problems in contemporary philosophy are entwined with concrete issues concerning scientific research, health and social care, social policy and the arts.

He is, currently, working on a project ”Truth and the Ethical Dimension of Science”, which looks at the limits and limitations of existing conceptions of scientific validity, the relationships between truth and reasons, the nature of normativity and the links between moral legitimacy, empirical truth, normative facts and non-normative facts. He is also interested in the metaphysical and epistemological dimensions of ethical questions in bioethics and research ethics as well as phenomenological and pragmatist approaches to theoretical science. 

His first monograph, Reification and the Aesthetics of Music (Routledge, 2016), utilises different approaches to aesthetic issues in order to characterise the limits and limitations of different philosophical methods.

He previously taught philosophy at the University of Cambridge and Royal Holloway, University of London, having gained degrees from Royal Holloway, King's College, London and the University of Cambridge.

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