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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 previously taught at the Universities of Oxford and Reading. 

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Philosophy of action, including the metaphysics and explanation of actions
  • Reasons for action
  • Agent causation
  • Agential Powers
  • Abilities Choice, freedom and moral responsibility

Dr Alvarez's main interests are in the philosophy of action, including the metaphysics and explanation of actions, reasons for action, agential powers and agent causation, and the problem of free will and moral responsibility. She’s also interested in the views on these issues held by Aristotle, Aquinas, Thomas Reid and Elizabeth Anscombe, among others. She has published widely on these topics and her book Kinds of Reasons was published by Oxford University Press in March 2010. In 2015, she was awarded a two-year Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship for a project on the connection between agency, choice and moral responsibility.             

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
  • Are Character Traits Dispositions?’, in The Philosophy of Action, Anthony O’Hear ed., Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements, Cambridge University Press, (Forthcoming 2017).
  • ‘Reasons for Action, Acting for Reasons and Rationality’, Synthese, 2016 – Online first, DOI, 10.1007/s11229-015-1005-9.
  • ‘Ryle on Motives and Dispositions’, in Ryle on Mind and Language, D. Dolby (ed.), Palgrave Macmillan (2015), pp. 74-96. ISBN 9780230360938.
  • ‘Agency and Two-way powers’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Vol CXIII , Issues 1; 2013, pp.101-121.
  • Kinds of Reasons: An Essay in the Philosophy of Action. Oxford University Press. 2010.
For a complete list of publications, please see Maria's full research profile.

On leave till January 2018.

Expertise and public engagement

‘The Philosopher’s Arms: Weakness of Will’, BBC radio4 Programme (Nov 15).

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