Kal Kalewold

Kal Kalewold


I joined the University of Leeds as a Lecturer in Philosophy in Autumn 2022. Before that, I was a Postdoctoral Fellow jointly at the McCoy Family Center for Ethics in Society and Department of Philosophy at Stanford University. I received my PhD in philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Research interests

My primary research projects are in philosophy of science (especially biology), philosophy of race, and political philosophy. In addition, I am pursuing research in the ethics and political theory of algorithmic governance.

In my projects, I often draw on the theoretical and experimental tools of biology to illuminate broader issues in philosophy of race and social and political philosophy. My main research interest is scientific explanation in the life sciences. In my dissertation project, On the Activities and Parts of the Mechanisms of Life, I develop the philosophical foundations of the new mechanist approach to explanation. My research draws on the life sciences, especially molecular biology, evolutionary theory, and neuroscience, to illustrate my philosophical theses.

 In philosophy of race, I have research interests at the intersection of race and biomedicine. In political philosophy, my main projects are in developing a novel electoral system, defending an account of domination and neo-republican theory for use in AI ethics, and theories of compensation.

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