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Dr Lauren Ware

Lecturer in Philosophy


Office: Cornwallis West, Room 156a
Office hour: Tuesdays 13.30-14:30 and by appointment.

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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.

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Also view these in the Kent Academic Repository

Ware, L. and Archer, A. (2018). Beyond the Call of Beauty: Everyday Aesthetic Demands Under Patriarchy. The Monist [Online] 101:114-127. Available at:
Archer, A. and Ware, L. (2017). Aesthetic Supererogation. Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics LIV/X:102-116.
Ware, L. (2015). Erotic Virtue. Res Philosophica [Online] 92:915-935. Available at: resphil.2015.92.4.7.
Ware, L. (2014). What Good is Love? Analytic Teaching and Philosophical Praxis 34:57-73.
Book section
Ware, L. (2016). Emotions in the Evaluation of Legal Risk. in: Landweer, H. and Koppelberg, D. eds. Law and Emotion - (Recht und Emotion I: Verkannte Zusammenhänge). Freiburg: Verlag Karl Alber, pp. 249-277.
Ware, L. (2017). The Pain Factory. [Live performance].
Ware, L. (2017). Interview on the Philosophy of Fear and Halloween. [iTunes]. Available at:
Ware, L. (2020). Criminal behaviour in Black Mirror: Should pain be used as punishment? in: Johnson, D. K. ed. Black Mirror and Philosophy. London: Blackwell.
Ware, L. ed. (2019). The Moral Psychology of Fear. Rowman & Littlefield.
Ware, L. (2019). Emotional Suffering in Criminal Punishment. in: Bain, D., Brady, M. and Corns, J. eds. The Philosophy of Suffering. London: Routledge.
Ware, L. (2019). Is Fear the Mind-Killer? in: Ware, L. ed. The Moral Psychology of Fear. Rowman & Littlefield.
Ware, L. and Whittington, L. (2018). 'The harvest of despair': Catastrophic fear and the understanding of risk in the shadow of Mount Etna. in: Gerrard, C. ed. Waiting for the End of the World: The Archaeology of Risk and its Perception in the Middle Ages. London: Routledge.
Ware, L. (2018). Who's Afraid of a Citizens' Income? Politics and Governance.
Total publications in KAR: 13 [See all in KAR]
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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.

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Philosophy, School of European Culture and Languages, University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NF

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Last Updated: 15/02/2019