Joe Cunningham

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I did my undergraduate degree at Heythrop College, University of London (2005--08); an MPhil at UCL (2008--10); and a PhD at the University of Warwick (2012--16), all in Philosophy. I came to Oxford in 2017 where I've held a number of teaching posts with Jesus College, St Catherine's College, and the Faculty of Philosophy.



Cunningham, J.J. (Forthcoming) 'The Basis of Debasing Scepticism'. Erkenntnis. 


'Knowledgeably Responding to Reasons'. Erkenntnis 85(3): 673--692 

2019 'Is Believing for a Normative Reason a Composite Condition?' Synthese 196(9): 3889--3910
2019 'The Formulation of Disjunctivism about Phi-ing for a Reason'. Philosophy Quarterly 69(275): 235--257
2018 'Are Perceptual Reasons the Objects of Perception?' In: Gersel, Thaning, Overgaard, and Jensen (eds.) In the Light of Experience: Essays on Reasons and Perception. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
2017 'Reflective Epistemological Disjunctivism'. Episteme 13(1): 111--132


This year (2020--21) at Oxford I'm providing the FHS Ethics: Metaethics lectures during the Hilary Term; offering supervision to BPhil students in my areas of research specialism; and providing tutorial teaching to undergraduates in General Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, Knowledge and Reality, and Early Modern Philosophy.


I specialise in Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, and Epistemology. More specifically, I'm interested in how to account for our capacity to respond correctly to reasons: an issue at the intersection of those three branches of Philosophy. In published work I've defended and developed a disjunctive approach to this phenomenon. At the moment, I'm exploring what pay-offs this approach has for the theories of rationality, responsibility, and normative achievement.