Michael-John Turp

LecturerMichael-John Turp

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Karl Popper 603
Internal Phone: 94396


Research Interests

I have broad research interests in ethics, epistemology, philosophy of mind, metaphysics and the history of philosophy. This is all tied together by an ongoing fascination with the nature of norms and values. How could they exist in the world? How could we know about them? Must they depend on our desires or emotions? I approach these questions using traditional philosophical methods of logic and analysis, and by drawing on our latest scientific research. I also have specific interests in animal ethics, ancient philosophy and the philosophy of David Hume.

Recent Publications

  • Turp MD. (2017) The Hard Problem of Altruism. Cass Field Station, Canterbury..
  • Turp MD. (2017) The Role of Emotional Experience in Moral Epistemology via Sartre's Sketch for a Theory of the Emotions. Canterbury School of Continental Philosophy Seminar.
  • Turp MD. (2017) Vegetarianism and the Moral Status of Animals. University of Canterbury: Veg Club of UC Philosophical Lunch.
  • TURP M-J. (2017) An Evaluative Norm for Belief. Dialogue: Canadian Philosophy Review 56(2): 227-239. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0012217316000706.
  • Turp MD. (2016) Goodness: Attributive and Predicative. Les Ateliers de l’Éthique 11(2-3): 70-87. http://dx.doi.org/10.7202/1041767ar.