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Prof Alison Hills

Tutorial Fellow and University Lecturer in Philosophy
St John's College

St John's College
Oxford, OX1 3JP
United Kingdom

Research Interests

Moral Philosophy, Applied Ethics

Alison Hills

Career & Education

2006- Tutorial Fellow and University Lecturer in Philosophy, St John’s College, Oxford.
2003-6 Lecturer at Bristol University.
2001-3 Research Fellow at Clare College, Cambridge University.
1998-2002 Ph.D. in Philosophy, Trinity College, Cambridge.
1997-1998 M. Phil. in Philosophy, Trinity College, Cambridge.
1994-1997 B.A. Hons Philosophy, Trinity College, Cambridge.


  1. The Beloved Self: Morality and the challenge from Egoism OUP forthcoming April 2010

  2. Do Animals Have Rights? Icon Books, pp. 247 + viii, March 2005.


  1. “Acting from Moral Reasons” in Moral Rationalism (edited by Karen Jones and Francois Schroeter) Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
  2. “Against Creativity” (co-authored with Alexander Bird) in Creativity and Philosophy (edited by Berys Gaut and Matthew Kieran) Routledge, forthcoming.
  3. “Moral Expertise” in The Routledge Handbook of Moral Epistemology (edited by Karen Jones) Routledge, forthcoming.
  4. “Aesthetic Understanding” in New Perspectives on Understanding (edited by Stephen Grimm) Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
  5. “Cognitive Aspects of Moral Virtue” in Questions of Character (edited by Iskra Fileva) Oxford University Press, forthcoming.
  6. Cognitivism about Moral JudgementOxford Studies in Metaethics 10, 2015, pp.1–25.
  7. Understanding WhyNoûs, 2015.
  8. The Intellectuals and the VirtuesEthics 126, 2015, pp. 7–36.
  9. Gesinnung: Responsibility, Moral Worth, and Character” in Kant’s Religion within the Boundaries of Mere Reason (edited by Gordon Michalson) Cambridge University Press, 2014, 79–97.
  10. Moral TestimonyPhilosophy Compass 8, 2013, pp. 552–559.
  11. Comment on Karen Jones and François SchroeterAnalyse & Kritik 34, 2013, pp. 231–236.
  12. Faultless Moral DisagreementRatio 26,2013, pp. 410–427.
  13. “Moral Epistemology” in New Waves in Metaethics (edited by Michael Brady) Palgrave, 2011, pp. 249–263.
  14. Utilitarianism, Contractualism and DemandingnessPhilosophical Quarterly 239,2010, pp. 225–242.
  15. Moral Testimony and Moral EpistemologyEthics 120, 2009, pp. 94–127.
  16. “Happiness in the Groundwork” in Kant's Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals: A Critical Guide (Cambridge Critical Guides) (edited by Jens Timmermann) Cambridge University Press, 2009, pp.29–44.
  17. “Supervenience and Moral Realism” in Reduction, Abstraction, Analysis (edited by Alexander Hieke and Hannes Leitgeb) Ontos Verlag, 2009, pp. 163–77.
  18. Value, Reason and HedonismUtilitas 20, 2008, pp. 50–58.
  19. Kantian Value RealismRatio 21, 2008 pp. 182–200.
  20. Intentions, Foreseen Consequences and the Doctrine of Double EffectPhilosophical Studies 133, 2007, pp. 257–283.
  21. The Principle of Right: Practical Reason and Justification in Kant’s Ethics and PoliticsPolitics and Ethics Review 3, 2007, pp. 24–36.
  22. Practical Reason, Value and ActionJournal of Moral Philosophy 4,2007, pp. 375–392.
  23. Kant on Happiness and ReasonHistory of Philosophy Quarterly, 2006, pp. 243–261.
  24. Rational Nature as the Source of Value.” Kantian Review 10, 2005, pp. 81–101.
  25. Is Ethics Rationally Required?Inquiry 47, 2004, pp. 1–19.
  26. The Significance of the Dualism of Practical Reason.” Utilitas 15, 2003, pp. 315–329.
  27. Defending Double Effect.” Philosophical Studies 116, 2003, pp. 133–152.
  28. Duties and duties to the self.” American Philosophical Quarterly 40, 2003, pp. 131–143.

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