bio

My name is Nick Hughes. I’m a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Oxford. I did my Ph.D at the Arché Philosophical Research Center at the University of St Andrews and the Centre for the Study of Mind in Nature at the University of Oslo.
My research interests lie primarily within epistemology and ethics, but extend to issues in the philosophy of action, the philosophy of mind, cognitive psychology, and the theory of rationality. Most of my work to date has focused on the nature and limits of normative guidance, ‘ought-implies-can’ principles, questions about what normative and metaphysical roles knowledge plays, and the relationship between knowledge and rationality. Recently I’ve published a number of papers about the possibility, nature, and scope of epistemic dilemmas: situations in which one faces conflicting, and so jointly unsatisfiable, epistemic requirements. I’m currently working on projects about non-ideal epistemic rationality; the epistemology of emotions; and racism, stereotypes, and cognition.
I can be contacted at nickhowellhughes (at) gmail (dot) com