Dr Charlotte Newey


School of English, Communication and Philosophy

+44 (0)29 2087 0418
1.34, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

My research interests are focused on three areas. The first concerns fairness. What is it for a situation or action to be 'fair'? Is the fair thing also the right thing to do? What biases stop us from being fair and how might that affect our moral thinking?

The second concern is our moral obligation to the global poor. Do boundaries matter? What kind of lifestyle can we justify, given the extremes of suffering elsewhere? How secure is our knowledge concerning the effectiveness of aid and how should that affect our actions?

The third area of interest is distributive justice and the way in which we think about responsibility.

This year my teaching will include these research interests as I will be taking classes in Fairness (3rd year) and Philosophy of Contemporary Politics. I'll also be teaching Kant and Mill in Spring in our Modern Moral Philosophy course: two great philosophers with such different methods! I will wrap up the Moral and Political Philosophy first year course and we'll examine the foundations of moral philosophy and think about what moral philosophy ought to do for us. I'm looking forward to that.

I'm very brave with spiders :) and a little bit mad cat lady.

I came to Cardiff in January 2015 to teach one course and have been working full time here since the start of 2015/16. Before that I worked at the University of Reading within the philosophy department and the politics department. My PhD research included my first two research interests with a research question along the lines of: Do fairness limit our moral obligations to the global poor? I concluded that no, it doesn't. The thesis is a bit longer than that.

Professional memberships

  • The Society for Applied Philosophy
  • British Society for Ethical Theory
  • British Philosophy Association
  • The Aristotelian Society

Previous academic positions

  • Lecturer, University of Reading

Speaking engagements

  • Philosophy and Minorities Panel Discussion, BPPA, University of Reading, September 2016
  • Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and Mind Association, July 2016
  • Ideals and Reality in Social Ethics Conference at the University of South Wales, 2015
  • Conference on “The Ethics of Poverty Alleviation”, University of Salzburg, August 2014

University committees

  • Philosophy Staff-Student Panel (2016/17)
  • Extenuating Circumstances Committee (2016/17)

My teaching interests include all aspects of ethics, political philosophy, free will, logic and critical thinking. This year I am teaching Hume's Moral Philosophy and End of Life Decisions (in 1st year modules), Modern Moral Philosophy (2nd year), Metaethics and Philosophy and the Arts (3rd year), Philosophy of Desert (MA)

My research interests are moral philosophy, particularly the philosophy of poverty and the philosophy of fairness.

I am developing a new research paper on the issue of justice, rights and child healthcare.

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