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Debbie Roberts

Senior Lecturer

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), University of Reading

Research Interests

Areas of Specialisation: Metaethics and Normative Ethics

Areas of Competence: Philosophy of Law, Political Philosophy, Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Aristotle's Nicomachean Ethics and Plato's Republic

Visiting and Research Positions

2014-Present - Lecturer, University of Edinburgh

2011-2014 - Lecturer, University of York

2011-2011 - Teaching Fellow, University of Sussex

2007-2010 - Teaching Assistant, University of Reading

2003-2006 - Lecturer, University of KwaZulu Natal, South Africa

1997-2000 - Teaching Assistant, Rhodes University

Qualifications

2011 - PhD Philosophy, (pass without corrections), University of Reading

2000 - MA (research), Philosophy, University of Rhodes (distinction)

1998 - BA (Hons), Philosophy, University of Rhodes (distinction)

Teaching

Undergraduate Modules:

  • Normative Theory (4th Year) 2013/14
  • Ethics (1st Year) 2011-2013
  • Metaethics (3rd Year) 2012/13
  • Practical Philosophy Pathway (2nd Year) 2012/13 co-taught, coordinator
  • Issues of Moral Philosophy (3rd Year) 2011/12
  • Society, State and Humanity (1st Year) 2011
  • Ethics (3rd Year) 2011
  • Plato, Aristotle and Virtue Ethics (1st Year) 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007
  • Philosophy of Mind (2nd Year) 2005, 2006
  • Developmental Ethics (3rd Year) 2006
  • Metaethics (3rd Year) 2004, 2005
  • Jurisprudence (3rd Year) 2003, 2004, 2005
  • Philosophy of Education ( 3rd Year) 2004, co-taught, coordinator
  • Contemporary Political Philosophy ( 2nd year) 2003
  • Human Nature (1st Year) 2003
  • Liberty and Autonomy (3rd Year) 2003

Lectures, University of Reading

  • Virtue Ethics (1st Year) March 2010
  • Plato and Aristotle on Universals (2nd Year) Nov 2009

Seminars, University of Reading

  • Values and Virtues (1st Year), 2007-2010
  • Epistemology (2nd Year), 2007/8

Teaching Assistant, University of Reading

  • Values and Virtues 2007-2011
  • Philosophy of Mind 2008-2010
  • Plato and Aristotle 2008/9
  • Epistemology 2007/8

Postgraduate Modules:

  • Normative Theory (MSc) 2013/14
  • Philosophy of Law (MA) 2011/12
  • Ethics (MA) 2011/12
  • Political and Legal Philosophy (MA) 2011
  • Development Ethics (Hons, MA) 2006
  • Affluence and Morality (Hons, Ma) (Co-taught) 2006
  • Particularism in Metaethics (Hons, MA) (co-taught) 2005
  • Aristotle's Ethics (Hons, MA) 2003, 2004

Online Teaching - Modules, University of Edinburgh

  • Ethics (MSc) 2013/14
  • Introduction to Philosophical Methods (MSc) (co-taught) 2013/14

Other Teaching - Modules at KwaZulu- Natal

  • Jurisprudence, Part-time LLB, UKZN, 2003-2005
  • Plato, Aristotle and Virtue Ethics, Part-time, LLB, UKZN, 2004-2005
  • Introduction to Ethics, Public Policy Programme Winter School, UKZN, 2004

Administrative Roles

University of Edinburgh

  • Marketing Liaison Officer, 2014/15
  • Developer, Online MSc 2013/15

University of York

  • Member, School of PEP Mitigating Circumstances Committee 2012
  • Member of Student Forum, 2012
  • Chair, Departmental Teaching Committee, 2011
  • Member,Departmental Management Committee 2011
  • Member School of Politics, Economics and Philosophy Executive Committee, 2011
  • Member of the Boards of Studies, Department of Philosophy and School of PEP, 2011
  • Module Convener, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, Year Modules and Graduate Modules

University of KwaZulu-Natal

  • Examinations Officer, 1st Year, 1st Semester, 2003-6
  • Member, Philosophy and Ethics Merger, Curriculum Planning Group, 2004/5

Websites

Research outputs

  1. Thick epistemic concepts

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  2. Why believe in normative supervenience?

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

  3. I— Depending on the thick

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

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Research activities & awards

  1. Normative Indispensability

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  2. Against the Natural-Non-Natural Distinction

    Activity: Academic talk or presentation typesInvited talk

  3. Joint Session of the Mind Association and the Aristotelian Society

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

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