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James Laing

Non-Stipendiary Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy

I’m a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Faculty of Philosophy, working on issues connected with our nature as social animals and the significance this has for a variety of areas of philosophy, but especially the philosophies of mind, language, action and morality. I also have a longstanding interest in the work of Jean-Jacques Rousseau and the Existentialist tradition.

Prior to starting at Oxford, I held a Teaching Fellowship at the University of Edinburgh (2022-23), a Leverhulme funded Postdoctoral Fellowship at University College Dublin (2021-22), and a Mind Association funded Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of York (2020-21). I completed my PhD at University College London in 2020.

When I’m not doing philosophy, I enjoy swimming and attempting to play the clawhammer banjo — usually indoors, but preferable in or by a cloudy Scottish loch. I grew up in Shotton Colliery, County Durham.


  • ‘Interpersonal Connection’ (Forthcoming), Mind and
  • ‘The Harm of Humiliation’ (Forthcoming), European Journal of
  • ‘Making Sense of Shame’ (2022), Philosophy.
  • ‘Ordinary Self-Consciousness as a Philosophical Problem’ (2022), European Journal of Philosophy.
  • ‘When Eyes Touch’ (2021), Philosophers’ Imprint.
Non-Stipendiary Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy
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