Dr Jamie Dow

Dr Jamie Dow


My research is mainly rooted in Ancient Philosophy, but also extends into related areas in Applied Ethics, especially those concerned with Leadership, Influence, Persuasion, and the Emotions. My undergraduate teaching specialises mainly in Leadership, Business, Computing, and Media Ethics. At postgraduate level, I am involved in PhD supervision (in Ancient Philosophy and Applied Ethics), and I regularly teach on the Centre's online MA in Applied and Professional Ethics, as well as on Masters programmes in the Business School.

I am also principal investigator of the 'Leading Minds' research project in the Ethics of Persuasive Leadership, based at the IDEA Centre. 

Prior to coming to Leeds, I studied for my doctorate ("The role of Emotion-Arousal in Aristotle's Rhetoric", 2008) at the University of St Andrews, following an MPhil in Philosophy at King's College London. Before that, I worked in business, in production and purchasing management with Courtaulds Textiles, and then as a management consultant with Pricewaterhouse Coopers. Prior to that, I completed my undergraduate degree in Classics at Balliol College, Oxford.


  • IDEA Director of Research & Innovation
  • PRHS Internationalisation Lead
  • PRHS Direct of Postgraduate Research Studies

Research interests

My research is principally in Ancient Philosophy, Emotions and Ethics.

I have worked extensively on ancient philosophical perspectives on rhetoric (especially Aristotle), and on the emotions.

My more recent work continues to develop these themes, with a particular focus on how influence should be exercised by human beings on one another, and specifically on what kinds of expertise in persuasion are valuable to cultivate in oneself and others. These issues are important in organisational and community / political life today, but are also central to motivating ancient debates about the value of "rhetoric" and "dialectic". The Leading Minds research project seeks to answer today's questions, starting from a careful interpretation of the ancient debates about how persuasive influence should be exercised.

I have supervised PhD students working on Aristotle, Well-Being, Responsibility, Philosophy of Mind, Empathy, Virtue, Military Ethics, Trust, and ethical issues related to collective agents such as corporations.

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  • PhD Philosophy (St Andrews)
  • MPhil Philosophy (King's College London)
  • BA Literae Humaniores (Balliol College, Oxford)

Student education

I teach Ancient Philosophy, Leadership Ethics, Business Ethics, Computing Ethics, and various other areas of Ethics.

Research groups and institutes

  • Centre for Aesthetic, Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Ethics of Artificial Intelligence and Big Data
  • Leadership Ethics, Persuasion and Public Reason
  • History of Ethics
  • Moral Psychology
  • Ethics, Culture and Decision-Making
  • Philosophy

Current postgraduate researchers

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