Douglas Lavin

academic webpage in progress...


I am a Reader in the philosophy department at University College London where I have taught since 2015. Before coming to UCL, I was John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities at Harvard University. I earned my PhD in philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh. I work in practical philosophy, especially ethics, history of ethics and action theory.


Office: room 3.4a, 33-35 Torrington Place

Office hours for Term 2: Tuesdays, 12:30-13:30

Schedule a supervision here This is for graduate students and also for undergradutes writing honors theses with me. Sign-up as needed.

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Some research papers

cv to appear…


In term 1 of 2019-20, I’ll be teaching a Research Seminar in Philosophy of Mind (PHIL0103), in term 2 Ethics (PHIL0024) and Topics in Moral Psychology (PHIL0081).


A letter about Tom Fehse by Oded Na’aman here. It is about many things including the importance of philosophical community especially in light of the characteristic difficulties of doing philosophy from the heart.