Dr Lorna Finlayson

School of Philosophical, Historical and Interdisciplinary Studies
Dr Lorna Finlayson
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    5B.109, Colchester Campus

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    Tuesday 11am Friday 2pm



Lorna took both her BA and PhD in Philosophy at Kings College, Cambridge, where she was then appointed to a four-year junior research fellowship, also acting as an affiliated lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy. She is the author of The Political Is Political: conformity and the illusion of dissent in contemporary political philosophy (Rowman & Littlefield, 2015), and An Introduction to Feminism (CUP 2016). She has interests in political philosophy and its methodology, critical theory and theories of ideology, feminist philosophy, philosophy of social science, and Arabic philosophy. As of September 2015, she is Lecturer in Philosophy at the School of Philosophy and Art History.

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Dangerous Ideas: Essays and Manifestos as Social Criticism Capstone (CS301)

  • Texts in Practical Philosophy (PY434)

  • Feminism (PY453)

Previous supervision

Franco Palazzi
Franco Palazzi
Thesis title: A Political Philosophy of Anger
Degree subject: Philosophy
Degree type: Doctor of Philosophy
Awarded date: 11/5/2023


Journal articles (11)

Finlayson, L., (2021). Moving up without losing your way: The ethical costs of upward mobility, by JenniferMortonPrinceton, NJ: Princeton University press, 2019. 192pp. ISBN: 978‐0691179230, Pbk $17.95. European Journal of Philosophy. 29 (2), 524-527

Finlayson, L., (2020). If This Isn’t Racism, What Is? The Politics of the Philosophy of Immigration. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume. 94 (1), 115-139

Finlayson, L., (2020). Rules of the Game?. New Left Review. 123, 133-141

Finlayson, L., (2020). In the Shadow of Justice: Postwar Liberalism and the Remaking of Political Philosophy. NEW LEFT REVIEW (123), 133-141

Finlayson, L., (2019). The problem is not just the economy, stupid, it's economic ‘science’. The Political Quarterly. 90 (2), 335-337

Finlayson, L., (2019). What to Do with Post-Truth. Nordic Wittgenstein Review. 2019-Jul (Special Issue), 63-79

Finlayson, L., (2018). The Third Shift: the politics of representation and the psychological turn. Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society. 43 (4), 775-795

Finlayson, L., (2017). With radicals like these, who needs conservatives? Doom, gloom, and realism in political theory. European Journal of Political Theory. 16 (3), 264-282

Finlayson, L., (2015). On Mountains and Molehills: Problems, Non-problems, and the Ideology of Ideology. Constellations. 22 (1), 135-146

Finlayson, L., (2014). How to Screw Things with Words. Hypatia. 29 (4), 774-798

Finlayson, L., (2013). Preachers and propagandists: political theory and thestatus quo. Journal of Political Ideologies. 18 (3), 281-298

Books (3)

Finlayson, L., (2016). An Introduction to Feminism. Cambridge University Press. 9781107121041

Finlayson, L., (2016). An Introduction to Feminism. Cambridge University Press. 9781107121041

Finlayson, L., (2015). The political is political : conformity and the illusion of dissent in contemporary political philosophy. Rowman & Littlefield International, Ltd.. 9781783482870

Book chapters (2)

Finlayson, L., (2019). “I’m Not With Stupid”. In: Media Ethics, Free Speech, and the Requirements of Democracy. Routledge. 203- 218. 9781138571921

Finlayson, L., (2019). Feminist Philosophy and Real Politics. In: The Cambridge History of Philosophy, 1945–2015. Cambridge University Press. 310- 320. 9781107173033

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5B.109, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Tuesday 11am Friday 2pm