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Dr Peter Fossey

Senior Teaching Fellow

Contact Details

Academic Development Centre, University of Warwick, Coventry, CV4 8UW | Find us on the interactive map
external tel: 024765 73568 | internal ext: 73568


Pete completed his BA (2006-09), MA (2009-10) and PhD (2010-15) in the Philosophy department, at the University of Warwick. After his PhD, he moved to St Mary's University, Twickenham, where he was Lecturer in Philosophy for a year, before taking up a permanent post as Senior Lecturer, and secondment as Programme Director for Philosophy and Politics. In the following two years at St Mary's, he was lead proposer on a suite of three undergraduate degree programmes in politics which were successfully validated in May 2018, and contributed to development of two postgraduate degrees; as well as collaborating with colleagues to design new philosophy modules.

Pete returned to the University of Warwick in October 2018 as an Academic Developer with the ADC, and is now a Senior Academic Developer. He is co-lead on the APP TE programme for staff new to Warwick, and contributes to the Academic Development Programme. He is a mentor on the APP EXP programme, and an assessor on all of the Pathways.


Pete's interests include curriculum development, especially underlying theories of curriculum design; academic integrity, as an academic virtue and a design consideration; philosophical theories of teaching, learning and education; and affective/emotional dimensions of education from both staff and student perspectives. His PhD thesis is on the relationship between wanting to do something and having a reason to do it; and his focus has subsequently broadened out to include philosophy of emotions, some issues in normative ethics and meta-ethics, and philosophy of education.


Fossey, P. (2015) "Illusions of Value" in Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy.

Conference Papers


"Emotional Labour and the Artistry of Teaching"
HEPPP Research Network Symposium
UWE Bristol


"Imagination and the 'Virtuous Peasant'"
Iris Murdoch Society Centenary Conference
St Anne's College, Oxford University

"Awkwardness, Uncertainty and Normality"
European Philosophical Society for the Study of Emotions Conference
University of Pisa

"Burdens, Badgering and Burnout: Feedback as Emotional Labour"
Warwick Education Conference
University of Warwick

"An emotion-work perspective on giving and receiving feedback"
University of Plymouth


“Imagination as a Guide to Reality” (Lecture series introduction)
Royal Institute of Philosophy Local Branch Lecture Series
St Mary's University, Twickenham

“The Self-Effacement Problem”
Research Seminar
St Mary's University, Twickenham

"A Flipped Classroom Approach in Teaching Philosophy"
Learning, Teaching and Assessment Conference
St Mary's University, Twickenham


“Distraction-based Accounts of Akrasia”
European Society for Philosophy and Psychology Conference
University of St. Andrews


"The 'Iron Pyrites of Love': distractions, illusions, and weakness of will"
Research Seminar
St Mary's University, Twickenham

“Practical Reasoning in the Background”
Joint Session of the Aristotelean Society and Mind Association (Open session)
University of Warwick


“Defending the Phenomenological View of Desires”
European Society for Philosophy and Psychology Conference
University of Messina at Noto

“Desiring as an Evaluative Attitude”
Understanding Value III
University of Sheffield


“The Practical Syllogism and the Naturalistic Fallacy”
Open Minds VIII
University of Manchester

“Expressions of Desire in the Practical Syllogism”
London-Warwick Mind Forum


“The Practical Syllogism and the Naturalistic Fallacy”
Postgraduate Seminar Series
University of Leeds


Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (awarded October 2017)

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Dr. Peter Fossey

Pete is a Senior Teaching Fellow, working in the Academic Development Centre (ADC), in Senate House.

He completed his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Warwick in 2015, and has experience in lecturing, programme management and curriculum design.