Andreas Bruns


I joined the University of Leeds as a postgraduate research student in October 2017. Before coming to Leeds I held a junior research fellowship at the Center for Interdisciplinary Research (2016-2017) in Bielefeld, GER. During my undergraduate studies I worked as a research assistant at the Centre for Advanced Studies in Bioethics (2011-2016) in Münster, GER.

I am grateful to the University of Leeds for awarding me a PRHS School Scholarship for the period 2017-2020.

Research interests

My PhD research is at the intersection of normative ethics and metaethics, and concerns the so-called 'paradox of deontology'. Aside from normative ethics and metaethics, I am interested in medical ethics, metaphysics and the philosophy of law.


'Moral Constraints and the Paradox of Deontology', The White Rose Philosophy Postgraduate Forum, University of Sheffield, UK, May 2018

'Versions of the Paradox of Deontology', Philosophy Postgraduate Research Seminar, University of Leeds, UK, May 2018

'What Is Wrong With Copying From Other Cultures? Appropriation, Alienation, and the Moral Evaluation of Copying', Copy Ethics: Theory & Practice (International Conference), Center for Interdisciplinary Research in Bielefeld, GER, July 2017


Bruns, A. 2018. What is Wrong With Copying From Other Cultures? Annual Review of Law and Ethics. Volume 26, pp. 25-37.

Baldina, H., Bruns, A. and Müller-Salo, J. 2016. Pragmatism, Evolutionary Theory and the Plurality of Legal Systems: On Susan Haack’s Philosophy of Law. In: Göhner, J., Jung, E. eds. Susan Haack: Reintegrating Philosophy. Münster: Springer, pp. 133-145.


  • MA Philosophy (University of Münster, GER, 2016)
  • BA Philosophy / German Studies (University of Münster, GER, 2013)