Research Output

My PhD thesis ‘Feeling Reasons: How emotions explain action’ is available through the Kings Research Portal, here.




Book chapters

Book reviews

  • 2016. Review of Martha Nussbaum (2016)Anger and Forgiveness: Resentment, Generosity, Justice. [Oxford: Oxford University Press.] Philosophical Papers 45: 335-341. DOI: 10.1080/05568641.2016.1199173
  • 2014. Review of Tim Crane (2014)Aspects of Psychologism. [Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.] Journal of Consciousness Studies 21:11-12, pp. 158-164.

Op-eds and public engagement pieces

Talks and Presentations

Invited plenary speaker

  • June 2019. ‘Moving between frustration and anger: Punishing, empowering, but not trusting’. Emotions and Punishment. University of Canterbury, UK.

Conference presentations

  • March 2019.   With Benjamin Rosman. ‘Applying a principle of explicability to AI research in Africa: Should we do it?’ Centre for Artificial Intelligence Research (CAIR) Symposium. University of Johannesburg, South Africa.
  • December 2018. ‘Modulating emotions in moral enhancement.’ International Conference on Applied Ethics (ICAE). University of Kyoto, Japan.
  • October 2018. ‘More or less informed consent’. With Prof. Lucy Allais. Southern African HIV Clinicians Society conference, South Africa.
  • May 2017. ‘Anger.’ Negative Emotions: The good, the bad and the ugly. CISA, University of Geneva, Switzerland.
  • May 2017. ‘Emotional thinking.’ Feeling Reasons: The role of emotions in reasoning, University of Edinburgh, UK.
  • March 2016. ‘Profile of an angry inquirer.’ APA Pacific Division Meeting, San Francisco, USA.
  • September 2015. ‘Taking anger seriously.’ Spring Colloquium, University of Cape Town, South Africa.
  • 2015. ‘Bridging the Emotional Gap: the attitudinal theory of emotions and justification’.
    • July: Poster at the International Society on Research on Emotion (ISRE), University of Geneva, Switzerland.
    • July: Paper at the European Philosophical Society for the Study of Emotions (EPSSE), University of Edinburgh, UK.
  • July 2015. ‘The frightening’s not always fearful; or, an examination of the formal object of emotion’. Joint Session, University of Warwick, UK.
  • July 2014. ‘Guiding action by emotion’. EPSSE, University of Lisbon, Portugal.
  • May 2013. ‘Feeling Reasons: How emotions explain action’. Berkeley-London Graduate Conference, UC Berkeley, USA.
  • September 2012. ‘The rationalising potential of emotions’. SOPhiA 3rd Salzburg Conference for Young Analytic Philosophy, University of Salzburg, Austria.
  • September 2012. ‘How emotions do not provide reasons to act’. British Postgraduate Philosophy Association (BPPA) Annual Conferences, University of Edinburgh, UK.
  • June 2012. ‘Greenspan and emotions as critical reasons’. Open Minds VII Graduate Conference in Philosophy, University of Manchester, UK.
  • February 2012. ‘Why we should look closer at the role of emotions in the explanation of rational action’. London Graduate Spring Conference, Institute of Philosophy, UK.
  • January 2009. ‘What’s really disgusting’. Philosophy Society of South Africa (PSSA) Annual Conference, University of Fort Hare, South Africa.
  • January 2008. ‘Wiredu and the problem of relativism’. PSSA Annual Conferences, University of Pretoria, South Africa.

Papers at workshops

  • April 2013. ‘Feeling Reasons: How emotions explain action’. Georgetown University Philosophy Conference on Reasons and Reasoning, Georgetown University, USA.
  • May 2012. ‘Feeling’s One’s Reasons: The rationalising potential of emotions’. It Feels Good! Workshop on Moral Emotions, University of Southern Denmark, Denmark.

Department talks

  • April 2017. ‘Affectivity and the rationalisation of emotional actions’. Thumos Seminar. CISA, University of Geneva.
  • September 2016. ‘A defence of anger’. Thumos Seminar. CISA, University of Geneva.
  • February 2016. ‘Profile of an angry inquirer’. Hoernlé Seminar. Philosophy Department, University of the Witwatersrand.
  • March 2015. ‘Emotions, Reasons and Action’. For the postgraduate seminar. Philosophy Department, University of the Witwatersrand.
  • October 2012. ‘Ways of Seeing: emotion and reason’. Advanced Research Seminar. Department of Philosophy, King’s College London.
  • February 2012. ‘Why we should look closer at the role of emotions in explaining action’. Advanced Research Seminar. Department of Philosophy, King’s College London.
  • February 2011. ‘How to explain the intentionality of emotions noncognitively’. First-Year Research Seminar. Department of Philosophy, King’s College London


  •  February 2014. Response to Johannes Himmelreich (LSE) ‘Who is responsible for commanded killings?’, London Graduate Spring Conferences, Institute of Philosophy, UK.