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Dr Jack Griffiths

Associate Lecturer

I am an Associate Lecturer in the Dept of Politics & IR, and have also taught in the Philosophy Dept. I have taught across all levels of Undergraduate study and at Masters level.

My research interests lie at the intersection of ethics, political thought, and philosophy of nature. 

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Research interests

My research lies in the space between ethics, political thought, and philosophy of nature/biology. I am primarily interested in the inter-relations between human understanding of nature, especially the organic world, and thought/action in the socio-political and environmental spheres.

I have published on the political significance of contemporary understanding of evolutionary and developmental biology (2017); the tendency to appeal to 'nature' as a source of moral and political authority (2021a); and the role of the interpretation of organic phenomena in bioethical reasoning (2021b). I have several other publication projects in preparation, including articles on the attitude of wonder in environmental and social relations, the relationship between dehumanization and species essentialism, and Aristotelian concepts of life and flourishing.    



Griffiths, J. O. (2021b) ‘Bioethics, the Ontology of Life, and the Hermeneutics of Biology’, in Ferrarello, Susi (ed.) Phenomenology of Bioethics: Technoethics and Lived-Experience (Springer Nature), pp. 1-21

Griffiths, J. O. (2021a) ‘Out of Order: Lorraine Daston on Being ‘Against Nature’’. Global Discourse. Vol. 11 (Nos. 1–2), pp. 289–294

Griffiths, J. O. (2017) ‘The Changing Space Between Politics and Biology’. Contemporary Political Theory, Vol. 16 (No. 4), pp. 541–548

Griffiths, J. O. (2013) ‘The Human as a Situated Being: on the Heideggerian Underpinnings of the Extended Mind Hypothesis’. British Journal of Undergraduate Philosophy. Vol. 6 (No. 1), pp. 33–43


Jack grew up just outside Penryn in Cornwall. He has a PhD in Political Thought/Philosophy from the University of Exeter (2018), and has been teaching at Exeter in various capacities since 2014.


Nominated for Best Teacher/Academic, University of Exeter Teaching Awards 2019

Winner of the SPA(M) Award, 2019



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