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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



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 University of Lublin. His 2012 book Shaping the Normative Landscape focuses on blame, wronging and obligation and their involvement in forgiveness, friendship, promising and consent. A collection of his papers entitled Normativity and Control will be published by Oxford University Press in 2017.

Research interests and PhD supervision
  • Normative Ethics
  • Political and Legal Philosophy, especially the Foundations of Private Law.
  • Epistemic and Practical Normativity
  • Early Modern Political and Ethical Philosophy
Selected publications
  • Normativity and Control (Oxford University Press 2017)
  • Shaping the Normative Landscape (Oxford University Press 2012)
  • Reason Without Freedom (Routledge 2000)
  • Causes and Coincidences (Cambridge University Press, 1992) 

I currently teach undergraduate and MA courses on the history of political philosophy and on morality and convention.

Expertise and public engagement

I’ve reviewed on many occasions for the Times Literary Supplement. I also give public lectures and participate in panel discussions at several festivals and other events.


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