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Professor Jonathan Webber

Professor Jonathan Webber

Deputy Head and Head of Subject

School of English, Communication and Philosophy

+44 (0)29 2087 5660
1.43, John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cardiff, CF10 3EU

My research work forms part of the School's Philosophy research theme.

Jonathan studied at Oxford as an undergraduate and UCL as a postgraduate. He held lectureships at Sheffield and Bristol before coming to Cardiff in 2008.

He is currently President of the British Society for Ethical Theory, President of the UK Sartre Society, and Member of Council at the Royal Institute of Philosophy.





  • Webber, J. 2016. Habituation and first-person authority. In: Altshuler, R. and Sigrist, M. J. eds. Time and the Philosophy of Action.. Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy New York: Routledge, pp. 189-204.
  • Masala, A. and Webber, J. eds. 2016. From personality to virtue: essays on the philosophy of character.. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Webber, J. 2016. Instilling virtue. In: Masala, A. and Webber, J. eds. From Personality to Virtue: Essays on the Philosophy of Character.. Oxford University Press, pp. 134-154.
  • Webber, J. 2016. Knowing one's own desires. In: Dahlstrom, D. O., Elpidorou, A. and Hopp, W. eds. Philosophy of Mind and Phenomenology: Conceptual and Empirical Approaches.. Routledge Research in Phenomenology New York: Routledge, pp. 165-179.



  • Rees, C. F. and Webber, J. 2014. Automaticity in virtuous action. In: Snow, N. and Trivigno, F. eds. The Philosophy and Psychology of Character and Happiness.. Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory London: Routledge, pp. 75-90.


  • Webber, J. 2013. Liar!. Analysis 73(4), pp. 651-659. (10.1093/analys/ant081)
  • Webber, J. 2013. Cultivating virtue. In: Carel, H. and Meacham, D. eds. Phenomenology and Naturalism: Examining the Relationship between Human Experience and Nature.. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements Vol. 72. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 239-259.
  • Webber, J. 2013. Bad faith and the unconscious. In: LaFolette, H. ed. International Encyclopedia of Ethics.. Wiley, pp. 471-479.
  • Webber, J. 2013. Authenticity. In: Churchill, S. and Reynolds, J. eds. Jean-Paul Sartre: Key Concepts.. Acumen, pp. 131-142.
  • Scaife, R. and Webber, J. 2013. Intentional side-effects of action. Journal of Moral Philosophy 10(2), pp. 179-203. (10.1163/17455243-4681004)
  • Rees, C. F. and Webber, J. 2013. Constancy, fidelity, and integrity. In: van Hooft, S. ed. The Handbook of Virtue Ethics.. Acumen Handbooks Abingdon: Acumen, pp. 399-408.




  • Webber, J. 2010. Character. The Philosophers' Magazine 50, pp. 112-113.
  • Webber, J. 2010. Existentialism. In: Skorupski, J. ed. The Routledge Companion to Ethics.. London: Routledge, pp. 230-240.






Jonathan works in moral psychology, which means that he is  concerned with understanding the psychological concepts employed in ethical  discourse, with the extent to which these concepts are genuinely applicable to  people, and with ways in which our moral thinking can go wrong when we make  mistakes about human psychology.

His most recent publications have been concerned with the  ideas of character and virtue, particularly with whether empirical psychology  has shown these to embody a mistaken view of human behaviour, and with  clarifying and assessing the theory of the origins and nature of character at  the heart of twentieth-century French existentialist thought.

He is currently working on ways in which moral psychology  can be applied directly to current debates in applied ethics.

Research interests

  • moral psychology
  • existentialism
  • virtue ethics
  • Kantian ethics
  • applied ethics