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Professor David Owens

owens1Professor of Philosophy

Tel +44 (0)20 7848 2541
Address Room 611, Philosophy Building
King’s College London



Professor David Owens came to King’s after teaching Philosophy at Sheffield University and Reading University. He has also held visiting appointments at All Souls College, Oxford, Yale University, London University, Sydney University, New York University and the Lublin University. His most recent book Shaping the Normative Landscape focuses on blame, wronging and obligation and their involvement in forgiveness, friendship, promising and consent.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Normative Ethics
  • Political and Legal Philosophy, especially issues concerning the foundations of Private Law.
  • History of Ethics and Political Philosophy, especially of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries.
  • Epistemology, the nature of epistemic justification and issues about control over belief.
Practical Reason and the comparison between epistemic and practical normativity.
Selected publications
  • Shaping the Normative Landscape (Oxford University Press, 2012)
  • Reason Without Freedom (Routledge, 2000)
  • Causes and Coincidences (Cambridge University Press, 1992).

Professor Owens has previously taught on the following modules

Undergraduate modules:

  • 4SSPP110 Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  • 6AAN4053 Facts and Values in Historical Perspective
  • 6AAN4063 Values, Needs and Desires

 Postgraduate module:

  •  7AAN4021 General Philosophy
Expertise and public engagement

Professor Owens reviews regularly for the Times Literary Supplement. He is happy to be contacted about any of his research interests.


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