Lani Watson

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Oxford


Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, University of Edinburgh


Research Fellow, Institute for the Study of Human Flourishing, University of Oklahoma


Teaching Fellow, University of Edinburgh


PhD Philosophy, University of Edinburgh


MSc Philosophy, University of Edinburgh

2004-2007 BA Philosophy, University of York


2022 (forth) Watson, L. The Role of Curiosity in Successful Collaboration. Scientia et Fides special issue edited by Aguinalde, I. and Vanney, C.
2022 (forth) Notess, S. and Watson, L. The Ethics of Media Interviewing: Asking good questions and listening to the answers. Routledge Handbook of Media Ethics edited by Fox, C. and Saunders, J.
2022 Watson, L. Cultivating Curiosity in the Information Age. Values and Virtues for a Challenging World edited by Palermos, O. and Webber, J. Cambridge University Press.
2022 Watson, L. The Social Virtue of Questioning: A Genealogical Account. Social Virtue Epistemology edited by Alfano, M., de Ridder, J. and Klein, C. New York: Routledge, 424-441.

Watson, L. Cultivating Curiosity in the Contemporary University: How universities fall short of aspiration. The Promise of the University: Reclaiming Humanity, Humility, and Hope edited by Mahon, A. Springer., 119-132.


Watson, L. How to arrive at questions: A response to Cordes. Asking and Answering edited by Cordes, M. Tübingen: Narr Francke Attempto Verlag GmbH + Co., 176-182.


Watson, L. The Right To Know: Epistemic Rights And Why We Need Them. London: Routledge.


Watson, L. What is a Question. Philosophy, RIP Supplement 89: 273-297.


Watson, L. Epistemic Rights in a Polarized World. Polarisation, Arrogance, and Dogmatism: Philosophical Perspectives, Routledge edited by Lynch, M. and Tanesini, A.


Watson, L. Vices of Questioning in Public Discourse. The Routledge Handbook of Vice Epistemology edited by Battaly, H.


Watson, L. ‘Knowledge is Power’: Barriers to Intellectual Humility in the Classroom. The Routledge Handbook of the Philosophy of Humility edited by Alfano, M, Lynch, M. and Tanesini, A., 439-450.


Watson, L. Educating for Inquisitiveness: A Case Against Exemplarism for Intellectual Character Education. Journal of Moral Education 48(3): 303-315.


Watson, L. Educating for Good Questioning as a Democratic Skill. The Routledge Handbook of Social Epistemology edited by Miranda Fricker, Peter J. Graham, David Henderson and Nikolaj J.L.L. Pedersen. New York: Routledge, 437-446.


Watson, L. & Wilson, A. T., Review Essay: Exemplarist Moral Theory. Journal of Moral Philosophy 16: 755-767.


Watson, L. Educating for Good Questioning: A Tool for Intellectual Virtues Education. Acta Analytica 33(3): 353-370.


Watson, L. Systematic Epistemic Rights Violations in the Media: A Brexit Case Study. Social Epistemology 32(2): 88-102.


Watson, L. Curiosity and Inquisitiveness. The Routledge Handbook of Virtue Epistemology edited by Heather Battaly. New York: Routledge.


Watson, L. Educating for Curiosity. The Moral Psychology of Curiosity edited by Ilhan Inan, Lani Watson, Dennis Whitcomb and Safiye Yigit. Rowman & Littlefield, 293-310.


Watson, L. Why Should We Educate For Inquisitiveness. Intellectual Virtues and Education: Essays in Applied Virtue Epistemology edited by Jason Baehr. New York: Routledge, 38-53.


Watson, L. The Epistemology of Education. Philosophy Compass 11(3): 146-159.

2015 Watson, L. What Is Inquisitiveness. American Philosophical Quarterly 52(3): 273-288


My research focuses on questions and questioning. I work primarily in applied epistemology and practical ethics, including social and virtue epistemology, the ethics of technology, and the philosophy of education. I am currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, where I am conducting empirical and theoretical research examining the role that good and bad questioning plays in the 'technomoral ecosystem' of the technology sector, including in ethical decision-making, creative problem-solving, EDI, and effective leadership. My recent book is titled The Right To Know: Epistemic Rights and Why We Need Them (Routledge, 2021).