Luke Elson


I’m a philosophy lecturer at the University of Reading. I grew up in Llanelli in South Wales, and did my BA in maths & philosophy at Exeter College, Oxford, then a PhD at UNC Chapel Hill, before joining Reading in 2014.

My research interests are mostly in moral philosophy, and concern unsharpness or ‘gaps’ in our preferences, beliefs, and values. 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 mostly teach moral philosophy and mediaeval philosophy. I have also in the past taught advanced ethics, epistemology, and logic.

I run the philosophy PhD at Reading, so if you are considering an application to study here, please email me.