Jussi Suikkanen

Colleges, School and Institutes


I joined the Department of Philosophy at the University of Birmingham in September 2010.  Before that I was a temporary lecturer at the Universities of Reading (2009-2010) and Leeds (2008-2009). I have also been a visiting scholar at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2006-2007) and Brown University (Spring 2016).

Research interests

My main research interests lie in metaethics and ethical theories. I have mainly worked on the nature of moral properties, moral judgments, and truth in ethics. In normative ethics, I have defended and developed Scanlonian contractualism and pursued the so-called consequentializing project. I have previously written on value and reasons, happiness, practical reason, and rationality. In the applied ethics, my main focus has been on aggregation and population ethics. And, I have also explored the realism vs. anti-realism debates more generally in philosophy.

In August 2015, I was awarded an AHRC Early Careers Leadership Fellow award. During the 18 month fellowship, I wrote a draft of a book, provisionally entitled Building Bridges in Ethics - a Theory of Metaethics and Normative Ethics that explores how the ethical theories in normative ethics are related to semantic, psychological and metaphysical questions in metaethics. I am currently preparing this book for publication. 

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

I am more than happy to supervise PG students on the following areas:

Ethical theories
Practical reason, reasons, and value theory
Free will, moral responsibility and personal Identity
Well-being and happiness
Political philosophy
Realism and anti-realism debates
Early modern philosophy
Some areas of applied ethics such as population ethics and the ethics of climate change
I have supervised Masters dissertations on topics such as egoism, the Euthyphro contrast, animal ethics, ethics of parenting, human enhancement, panpsychism, the meaning of life, and so on. I am also currently a supervisor for eight PhD students: Dane Kirby (Iris Murdoch and love), Helen Ryland (human rights and marginal cases), Joe Adams (desert - co-supervised with Christopher Woodard at Nottingham), Man Him Ip (evolutionary debunking arguments), Jessica Sutherland (child soldiers and moral responsibility), Eli Rubinstein (ethics of risk), Perrine Sriwannawit (ethics of polygamy), and Ben Whittington (free will and physicalism).

My previous PhD students include:

Xiao Cheng (Motivational Internalism, completed in June (2020)
Fidaa Chehayeb (Implicit Bias, completed in June 2020)
David Hunt (Moral Error Theory, completed in March 2020)
Casey Elliott (Attributivism, completed in January 2020)
Matthew Owen (Aristotle and Philosophy of Mind, completed in June 2018)
Lauren Traczykowski (The Ethics of Natural Disaster Interventions, completed in August 2017)
Sabrina Intelisano (Happiness and Imprisonment, completed in November 2016)
Reza Mosmer (The Tractatus Paradox, completed in June 2013)