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Louise Chapman

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2017-2018 Chercheur-e en séjour,



Louise Chapman is a graduate student in Philosophy, specialising in Kant’s practical philosophy. Her research to date has focussed in particular on moral psychology in the history of philosophy. Louise obtained her undergraduate degree (First-Class Honours) in Philosophy at King’s College London, writing her research dissertation on Platonic moral psychology. She was awarded the prestigious Keeling Scholarship at UCL to pursue her ancient interests further on their two-year MPhil Stud. However, since her ultimate goal was to specialise on Kant, she instead chose to pursue a one-year  Masters in Ancient Philosophy at the University of Oxford. There, she wrote a research thesis (awarded Distinction) on Socratic moral psychology. 

In  2017-18 Louise will be a visiting graduate student at the Murphy Institute at Tulane University, New Orleans, and the Centre de Recherche en Ethique (CRÉ) in Montreal. During this time, she will be working on a new research project on Kant’s moral psychology (‘The Hydraulic Principle in Kant’s practical philosophy’), specifically how the moral law becomes the subjective determining ground of the will. This work will be building on her previous publication on Kant’s moral philosophy: « We Don’t Need No Noumena? Freedom Through Rational Self-Cultivation in Kant ». Pli: The Warwick Journal of Philosophy Special Volume: Self-Cultivation: Ancient and Modern. pp.55-69.

Academic and research interests:

  • Kant’s moral philosophy
  • Ancient philosophy
  • Moral psychology
For more information on Louise’s research, please visit her personal webpage: https://www.louisechapman.org/