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Kirk Surgener


I am the Director of Student Experience and Progression for the PPE programme at Warwick.

I received my PhD from the University of Birmingham working with Prof Alex Miller on metaethical constructivism, with particular attention on the work of Christine Korsgaard. I argued that, although thinking about constructivism illuminates a lot of interesting issues, ultimately the position cannot sustain the grandiose claims made of it.

Research interests

I am interested in pretty much all normative matters: political, moral, legal as well as metaethical questions and related issues in the philosophy of language. Flowing out of my thesis I have done work on the Frege-Geach problem, the best way to construe moral realism, and how to make a case for analytic naturalism in ethics. Recently, I've become interested in what our treatment of animals reveals about their moral status.


This year I will be teaching Feminism and convening Introduction to Philosophy. If you want to hear more about either module please get in touch.



Kirk Surgener

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