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Dr Joe Saunders

Assistant Professor/Admissions/Widening Participation Officer/Director of Digital Learning

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Assistant Professor/Admissions/Widening Participation Officer/Director of Digital Learning in the Department of Philosophy  


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Joe primarily works on ethics and agency in Kant and the post-Kantian tradition. He also has interests in the philosophy of love and media ethics.

He is part of an AHRC grant, currently investigating freedom of the press and regulation:

He hosts two podcasts:

Talking Hegel: Interviews with Hegel scholars, in partnership with Cambridge University Press

Philosophy and Film podcast: Exploring philosophical questions raised by some of cinema’s most intriguing films, in partnership with the Hyde Park Picture House in Leeds.

Administrative Roles

Joe is currently:

In Durham, he also serves as:

  • Admissions/Widening Participation Officer
  • Director of Online Learning

Research interests

  • Kant
  • Post-Kantian Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Media Ethics
  • Love
  • Free Will

Awarded Grants

  • 2018: Defining Freedom of the Press: A Cross national examination of press ethics and regulation in ten European countries(£11225.00 from AHRC)

Esteem Indicators

Media Contacts

Available for media contact about:

  • Ethics, Religion & Beliefs: Philosophy
  • Ethics: Philosophy
  • Philosophy: Philosophy


Authored book

Chapter in book

Journal Article

Translated Book

  • Stern, Robert (editor), Bennett, Chris, Leech, Jessica, Saunders, Joe & Texter, Mark (trans.) (2020). Løgstrup, Knud: Kierkegaard's and Heidegger's Analysis of Existence and its Relation to Proclamation . Oxford University Press
  • Bennett, Christopher, Saunders, Joe & Stern, Robert (trans.) (2019). Kant: Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals . Oxford University Press