Dr Tim Taylor

Dr Tim Taylor


I came to academia after 26 years in the civil service, during which I fulfilled a wide variety of roles, including Chief Executive of the Veterans Agency. Having previously studied Classics at Pembroke College, Oxford, I undertook postgraduate study in Philosophy at Birkbeck, University of London while still a civil servant, receiving my PhD in 2007 for a thesis entitled Reasons, Value and Objectivity. I became a visiting research fellow at the Department of Philosophy at Leeds in 2010, and am now a visiting research fellow at the IDEA CETL. I also teach applied ethics for the Centre.

Research interests

My current research interests are in the philosophy of prudential value and well-being, the measurement of well-being and its role in public policy and law (in particular intellectual property law). I also have an interest in metaethics and areas of philosophy of mind related to well-being, and in applied ethics.

Research Gate Page: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Tim_Taylor6

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Student education

I teach various areas of applied ethics for the IDEA CETL, both face-to-face and online. These include dentistry ethics, business ethics and engineering ethics. 




Knowing what is Good for you: a Theory of Prudential Value and Well-Being. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012.  


"The Proper Role for Wellbeing in Public Policy: Towards a Pluralist, Pragmatic, Theory-Neutral approach", in Bache, I. and Scott, K. (eds), The Politics of Wellbeing: Theory, Policy and Practice, Cham: Palgrave Macmillan, 2018.

​Review of Paul Anand’s Happiness explained. Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, Volume 9, Issue 2, 2016

"The markers of Wellbeing: A Basis for a Theory-neutral Approach". International Journal of Wellbeing, 5(2), 75-90, 2015.

"Happy IP: Replacing the law and economics justification for intellectual property rights with a well-being approach" (with Estelle        Derclaye). European Intellectual Property Review 37(4), 197-209 (2015).                       

"Happy IP: Aligning Intellectual Property Rights with well-being" (with Estelle Derclaye). Intellectual Property Quarterly Issue 1 2015.

 “Towards Consensus on Well-being”, in Søraker, J.H., van der Rijt, J, de Boer,  J.,  Wong, P and Brey, P. (eds), Well-being in  Contemporary Society, Cham: Springer, 2014. 

"Adaptation and the Measurement of Well-being", Ethics and Social Welfare Vol 8 no 3 (2014).

 “Well-being and Prudential Value”, Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly Vol 31 No. 2 (2013).

“Does Pleasure have Intrinsic Value?”, Journal of Value Inquiry Vol 44 no 3 (Sept 2010)

 “Desire and the Future”, Philosophy Pathways 151 (2010)

 “In Praise of Open-Mindedness: A Defence of Agnosticism against Dawkins' criticisms”, Philosophy Pathways 144 (2009).


Philosophy Pathways Issue 187 (Sept 2014)