Graham Bex-Priestley

Graham Bex-Priestley


Before joining Leeds University as a lecturer, I was a PhD student at the University of Sheffield working in the field of metaethics. My thesis was called Higher-Order Expressivism: The Dyadic Nature of Moral Judgement. In it, I defended a hybrid form of expressivism according to which moral judgements are composed out of both desire-like and belief-like states rather than just one or the other. My MA and BA were both at Sheffield too, separated by four years of training to be, and being, a teacher of mathematics.


  • Programme Director for Applied and Professional Ethics
  • Programme Lead for Interdisciplinary Teaching

Research interests

My research interests primarily fall in the realm of moral philosophy. My strongest expertise is in metaethics, which touches on issues in the philosophy of language, logic, psychology and metaphysics; I was awarded the Sanders Prize in Metaethics for my paper 'Expressivists Should be Reductive Naturalists'. I have also published on the topics of disagreement and gender, and I'm interested in consequentialism, decision theories, free will, and the relationship between the three.

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  • PhD Philosophy
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Student education

Office hours:

Monday 11:00 - 12:00

Wednesday 11:00 – 12:00

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Aesthetic, Moral and Political Philosophy
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