Liz McKinnell, private tutor, proofreader, and coach


  • 2005-2010 PhD, Philosophy, Durham University(‘Environmental Rights’. Read it here:
  • 2004-2005 Taught MA, Philosophy, Durham University (distinction)
  • 2000-2004 MA (hons.)Philosophy, University of St. Andrews (first class)


Selected Lecturing Experience  (listed by module)

University of York 2019-2020

  • Ethics and Public Policy
  • Dissemination Practice

Durham University 2014-2018

  • Philosophy of Economics (module leader)
  • Political Philosophy (module leader)
  • Ethics and Values
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Applied Ethics (module leader)

Anglia Ruskin University 2013

  • Applied Ethics (module leader)

University of East Anglia 2011-2012

  • Political Philosophy (module leader)
  • Environmental Philosophy (module leader)
  • Practical Ethics
  • The Enlightenment and its Critics

Durham University 2007-2011

  • Political Philosophy
  • Applied Ethics
  • Ethics and Values

Other Teaching Experience

  • Extensive experience of supervising undergraduate dissertations.
  • Design and delivery of study skills workshops on essay writing, dissertation skills, and exam technique (Durham, 2014-17).

Postgraduate Supervision and Teaching

  • Supervision of masters students at UEA (2012).
  • Sessions on ‘ethics and literature’ as part of Durham’s Philosophy MA (2016-2017).


  • Member of Departmental Serious Adverse Circumstances Committee, York, 2019-20
  • Departmental Library Representative, Durham, 2017-18.
  • International Exchange Coordinator, Durham, 2017-18.
  • Member of Durham Philosophy Department’s Athena Swan panel, 2016-2018.
  • Member of Departmental Serious Adverse Circumstances Committee, Durham, 2016-18
  • Academic advisor for undergraduate students, with particular responsibility for PPE students, Durham, 2014-2018.
  • Acting Admissions Tutor, Durham, January-March 2017.
  • Deputy Admissions Tutor (see also ‘outreach activities’ listed below) Durham, 2016-2017.
  • Participation in annual reviews of PhD students, Durham, 2014-2017.
  • Chair of Durham Philosophy Department’s Diversity and Inclusion Group, Durham, 2015-2016.
  • Director of Dissertations, Durham, 2014-2016.
  • Departmental representative on joint and combined honours exam boards, Durham, 2014-2016.
  • 2007-2008: Department representative for Durham University’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities Ethics Sub-Committee.


  • Design and production of educational resources for
  • Session on philosophy to a conference for HE advisers in schools and colleges, January 9th, 2017.
  • Organised a teachers’ subject conference on philosophy and theology, April 2017.
  • Collation and design of resources for teachers (factsheets and sample lesson plans) 2017.
  • Organised three department open days in February-March 2017.
  • Mini-lectures and seminars for potential students from 2006-2016 (selected topics include political obligation, fact and value, and sexual ethics).


  • Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture, March 2019
  • Philosophy session at the Deershed Music Festival, 2018
  • Talk on ‘The Significance of Trump’, Durham PPE Society, November 2016.
  • Round-table discussion on ‘Modern Moral Philosophy’ as part of UEA’s public lecture series on ‘50 years of philosophy’, 2013.
  • ‘Harrassment and Objectification’: One of a series of lectures to mark International Women’s Day, UEA, 2013
  • Response to Jon Cruddas MP’s talk on ‘The Good Society’ at UEA, 2012.
  • Philosophical Café session on the ethics and politics of marriage, 2012.



  • ‘Mary Midgley’, Oxford Bibliographies in Philosophy (forthcoming 2021).
  • ‘Philosophical Plumbing for the 21st Century’ in Anthony O’Hear (ed.) A Centenary Celebration: Anscombe, Foot, Midgley, Murdoch. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 87. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020.
  • ‘The Ethics of Enchantment: The Role of Fairy Tales in the Ethical Imagination’ Philosophy and Literature, vol. 43, no. 1, April 2019
  •  ‘Mary Midgley’ in David Cooper and Joy Palmer (eds.) Key Thinkers on the Environment (2nd ed.) New York: Routledge, 2017.
  • With Kidd, Ian (eds.) Science and the Self: Essays in Honour of Mary Midgley, New York: Routledge, 2016, (Contributors include Stephen Clark, David Cooper, James Lovelock, Jane Heal, Raymond Tallis, and Mary Warnock).
  • ‘On Being a Full-Time Feminist’ in Science and the Self: Essays in Honour of Mary Midgley.
  • ‘“A Medicine for my State of Mind”: The Role of Wordsworth in John Stuart Mill’s Moral and Psychological Development’, Utilitas, vol. 27, no. 1, March 2015.
  •  ‘We are the World: Environmental Rights and the Extended Self’ Teorema, vol. 30, no.2, 2011.
  • ‘Do We Have Moral Obligations to the Dead?’ in Kate Woodthorpe (ed.) Layers of Dying and Death (Oxford: Interdisciplinary Press, 2007) pp. 107-115.
  • Review of Robin Attfield’s Ethics: An Overview, Environmental Values vol. 23, no. 6, 2014.
  • Review of David Cooper’s Sunlight on the Sea: Reflecting on Reflections, Environmental Values vol. 23, no. 6, 2014.

In Progress

Book proposal: The Philosopher’s Bump: A prospective parent’s guide to the philosophy of pregnancy and early motherhood.

Book proposal: The Philosopher’s Sketchbook (Art activities to prompt philosophical reflections).

Selected conference papers and talks

  • August 2019: ‘Babies, Goddesses, and Other Animals’, Mary Midgley 100th Birthday Memorial – A Philosophical Celebration, Durham.
  • March 2019: ‘Philosophical Plumbing in the Twenty-First Century’, London Lectures, Royal Institute of Philosophy, London.
  • June 2018: ‘Miscarriage, Bereavement, and Personhood’, The Philosophy of Pregnancy, Birth, and Early Motherhood Conference, in association with SWIP, BUMP, and PHILBIRTH, Southampton.
  • February 2017: ‘Recapturing the State of Nature? Rousseau as a solitary walker’, Durham University’s Ecology and the Arts group.
  • August 2016: ‘Thinking on One’s Feet: Solitary Walkers in Social Landscapes’, presented to ‘Artists, Farmers, and Philosophers’, organized by the Landscape and Arts Network, Barnard Castle, County Durham.
  • June 2015: Panel session at ‘Women in Philosophy: A Mentoring and Networking Workshop’, organized by the Society for Women in Philosophy, University of York.
  • November 2014: ‘The Ethics of Enchantment: Fairy Tales and the Ethical Imagination’, Durham Philosophy Department Research Seminar.
  • June 2013: ‘Temporal Ontology and Moral Theory in the Intergenerational Justice Debate.’, International Society for Environmental Ethics, Tenth Annual Meeting on Environmental Philosophy, University of East Anglia.
  • March 2010: ‘Environmental Rights’, ‘60th Anniversary conference of the Political Studies Association’, Edinburgh.


  • Reading group on philosophy and nature, Durham, summer 2015.
  • Reading group on Merleau-ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception, UEA, 2012-2013.
  • AHRC funded conference on ‘Ethical Naturalism’ at St John’s College, Durham University, 2006.


  • 2014-2017: Reviewer for the journal Environmental Values.
  • 2006-2008: Managing Editor and reviewer for the journal Philosophical Writings.