Luke Elson

I’m a lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Reading. Before coming to Reading, I finished my PhD in 2014 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before that, I studied Mathematics and Philosophy at Exeter College, Oxford.

Appointment Booking

Current students, please click here to book an appointment with me. Use your Reading login details, and you should get an email with a link to a Microsoft Teams meeting.

Publications and Research

I have broad interests in moral philosophy, but my published work has focused on evaluative incomparability or incommensurability, and whether it is vagueness. I’m also working on a defence of Global Normative Nihilism—the theory that we don’t have any reasons or justification for anything we do or believe. I’m especially concerned with the question of whether this is a depressing view.

I aim to publish my work open access, so (where available) these links are to the final, typeset version of the paper:


In the 2020-21 academic year, I am teaching the following undergraduate modules:

If you are at Reading, information and readings for all can be found on Blackboard.