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Maria Alvarez is Head of the Philosophy Department and Co-Editor of Philosophy, the journal of the Royal Institute of Philosophy.

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
  • GEM Anscombe


  • Philosophy of Mind and Action
  • Moral Responsibility
  • Ethics
  • Metaethics

Expertise and public engagement

I am happy to talk to the media about topics connected to human agency, freedom, moral responsibility, and ethics.