Ralph Wedgwood



After completing his PhD at Cornell, Professor Wedwood worked briefly as a Visiting Assistant Professor at UCLA and as a lecturer in philosophy at the University of Stirling. After this, he was first an Assistant Professor and then an Associate Professor at the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at MIT. From 2002 onwards, Professor Wedgwood was a University Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Oxford and a Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at Merton College. In 2007, he was made a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Oxford. He moved from Oxford to USC in 2012. He has also been a visiting fellow at ANU, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Princeton University, and the National Humanities Centre at North Carolina. He was appointed a Distinguished Research Professor in Philosophy at the University of Birmingham in 2013.


Research interests

The notion of normativity is at the core of Professor Wedgwood's research interests. He has investigated the nature of normativity - the nature of ought - in metaethics, epistemology, and philosophy of mind. Other topics on which he has published widely include instrumental rationality, requirements of rationality, decision theory, the doctrine of double effect, value theory and reasons, expressivism, moral motivation, the nature of beliefs, and so on.

Willingness to take PhD students


PhD projects

Professor Wedgwood will co-supervise PhD theses with the members of staff at Birmingham in metaethics, epistemology and other areas in which he has research interests.