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Dr Nicholas Makins
Dr Nicholas Makins

Dr Nicholas Makins

  • Academics

Lecturer in Philosophy

Research subject areas

  • Philosophy

Contact details


Nicholas Makins works on the Philosophy & Medicine Project, a joint venture between King’s Philosophy and the Peter Sowerby Foundation. He completed a PhD in Philosophy at the London School of Economics and Political Science, with a thesis entitled Moral Doubt, Meta-ethics, and Choice.

Prior to this, Nick obtained an MBBS in Medicine from UCL Medical School, before working as a policy advisor in the Government Office for Science. He also completed a BSc in Biomedical Science with Psychology at UCL, and an MSc in Philosophy of Science at LSE.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Practical rationality and decision theory
  • Meta-ethics
  • Philosophy of medicine

I have research interests in a range of philosophical topics, including: uncertainty and the role(s) of values in medical decision making; decisions under normative uncertainty and practical conflict, or ambivalence; the relation between preferences and reasons for action; the role of normative principles in guiding action; and the relation between norms of morality and those of rationality.

Selected publications

  • Nicholas Makins (2021) “Attitudinal Ambivalence: Moral Uncertainty for Non-cognitivists”, Australasian Journal of Philosophy.


  • Philosophy of Medicine
  • Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Science

Expertise and public engagement

I was recently interviewed on the Philosophy Exchange podcast about some of my recent research: