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Maria Alvarez

Professor Maria Alvarez

Photograph of Maria AlvarezProfessor of Philosophy

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Before coming to King’s, Maria 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, normativity
  • Agent causation, agential powers
  • Abilities, choice, freedom and moral responsibility
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.
  • Philosophy of Mind and Action
  • Ethics
  • Metaethics 
Expertise and public engagement

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

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