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Maria Alvarez

Dr Maria Alvarez

Photograph of Maria AlvarezReader in Philosophy

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Before coming to King’s, Dr Alvarez was a lecturer at the University of Southampton, having previous taught at the Universities of Oxford and Reading. Maria is also a member of the Executive Committee of the British Philosophical Association.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Philosophy of action, including the metaphysics and explanation of actions
  • Reasons for action
  • Agent causation
  • The problem of free will and moral responsibility

Dr Alvarez's main interests fall in the philosophy of action, including the metaphysics and explanation of actions, reasons for action, agent causation, the problem of free will and moral responsibility, etc. She’s also particularly interested in the views on these matters held by past and contemporary philosophers such as Aristotle, Aquinas, Thomas Reid and Elizabeth Anscombe. She has published widely on these topics and her book Kinds of Reasons was published by Oxford University Press in March 2010.  She was awarded a Mind Fellowship on 2005 and she has recently completed several papers on themes related to Anscombe’s Intention, as part of an AHRC research-leave award project.

Maria welcomes enquiries from prospective research students, seeking supervision in areas of study relating to her research interests.

For more details, please see her full research profile.

Selected publications
  • Maria Alvarez (2010) Kinds of Reasons: An Essay in the Philosophy of Action Oxford University Press, USA 
  • Maria Alvarez (2012)  'Action, Ethics, and Responsibility' Analysis, 72 (1), pp. 190-193.
    [Book Review (Print)]
  • Maria Alvarez (2012)  'Causing Human Actions: New Perspectives on the Causal Theory of Action' Analysis, 72 (1), pp. 190-193.
    [Book Review (Print)]
  • Maria Alvarez (2011)  'Glock on Analytic Philosophy and History' Teorema, 30 (1), pp. 95-102.
    [Article in print Journal]
For a complete list of publications, please see Maria's full research profile.

Dr Alvarez has previously taught on the following modules:

Undergraduate modules:

  • 5AANB006 Ethics II: Contemporary Ethical Philosophy
  • 6AANB037 Topics in the Philosophy of Mind

Postgraduate modules

  • 7AAN2062 Philosophy of Mind II: Special Topics

She also supervises BA and MA Dissertations, and numerous MPhilStud and PhD students.

Expertise and public engagement


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