Dr Jack O. Griffiths

Political Sciences and International Studies Alumni

PhD Researcher in Political Science and International Studies (ESRC 1+3)
College of Social Sciences and International Studies, University of Exeter

Start date: September 2013

Graduation date: September 2018

Research topic: The Ontology, Ethics, and Politics of Capability

I am a PhD candidate based in the Department of Politics. My research lies at the intersection of political thought, ethics, and philosophy of biology, focusing on the relationships between political/ethical thinking and the ways in which we conceive of the living world and the place of humanity within it.

My current research centres on the concept of capability (à la the ‘capability approach’ of Sen and Nussbaum), as a point through which to critically discuss political concepts such as freedom, power, and individual and social development, and their relations to our understanding of life and nature.


Research supervisors: Dr. Robin Durie, Professor John Dupre

Email: jg348@exeter.ac.uk