Lauren’s primary work is in the philosophy of emotion. Her research investigates the role of emotions in political and legal decision-making, in the evaluation of risk and security, in social cognition and creativity, and in teaching and learning. She also maintains a fierce love for several figures in the history of philosophy: in particular Plato, Machiavelli, Nietzsche, and Simone de Beauvoir.
Public engagement is an important part of Lauren’s philosophical activity, and she invites collaboration wherever possible. As an RSA Fellow, Lauren is currently working on the Universal Basic Income Project, and examining the nature and value of suffering in criminal punishment as part of the New Futures Network, a topic on which wrote and performed a show, The Pain Factory, at the 2017 Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
Lauren was previously a lecturer at the University of Stirling, and 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 University of Bielefeld and the Tilburg Centre for Logic, Ethics, and Philosophy of Science.back to top
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This year, Lauren is teaching modules on Political Emotions, Philosophical Reading and Writing, and Feminist Philosophy.
She is also supervising dissertations on political anger, the aesthetics of love and technology in Black Mirror, and emotional engagement in Aristotle. If you are considering writing a dissertation related to Lauren’s areas of research, please do get in touch early.back to top