Dr Lauren Ware

Lecturer in Philosophy
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Dr Lauren Ware is a Lecturer in Philosophy, having joined the Department of Philosophy in 2017. Her primary research is in the philosophy of emotion. 

Lauren was previously a Lecturer in Philosophy and Jurisprudence at the University of Stirling, a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy of Law at the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, and has held Visiting Fellowships at the Tilburg Centre for Logic, Ethics, and Philosophy of Science, and the University of Bielefeld’s Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschrung

Prior to her doctoral research, Lauren worked for the Canadian Government on public policy and judicial appointments, and for the Citizens’ Assembly on Electoral Reform. She holds a BA (Hons) in Political Science, and an MSc and PhD in Philosophy. 

Research interests

Lauren’s research investigates the role of emotions in political and legal decision-making, in the evaluation of risk, in creativity and imagination, and in teaching and learning. She also has a specialisation in ancient Greek philosophy, which underpins her account of what emotions are and what they can do. 

Public and media engagement is an important part of Lauren’s philosophical activity, and she invites collaboration wherever possible. As a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, Lauren is currently working on the Universal Basic Income Project, and examining the nature and value of suffering in criminal punishment, a topic on which wrote and performed a show, The Pain Factory, at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.  


Lauren currently teaches political emotions, philosophical reading and writing, philosophy of love, feminist philosophy. 

Lauren organises the Department’s annual student Philosophy Reading Weekend, and is an active member of the Centre for Practical Normativity, the Aesthetics Research Centre, and the East Kent Philosophy Teachers' Network.


Lauren has supervised dissertations on topics including political anger, the aesthetics of love and technology in Black Mirror, “killer robots” and the ethics of lethal autonomous weapons, social media and “extended emotions”, and the political philosophy of disgust, as well as dissertations focussing on primary texts in the history of philosophy, in particular Plato’s Symposium and Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics. She welcomes enquiries from students considering writing a dissertation related to her areas of research.   

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