Email: lewis.williams "at" philosophy.ox.ac.uk
I'm Lewis Williams, a probationary DPhil student in Philosophy at the University of Oxford. My research is supervised by Professor Guy Kahane and supported by the Ryle / T. H. Green Moral Philosophy Scholarship and a Global Priorities Fellowship. Before coming to Oxford, I completed an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy at the London School of Economics and a BA in Philosophy at the University of Warwick.
At present, much of my research concerns normative nihilism. Though it has historically been loosely defined and much maligned, I believe that tight and interesting definitions of normative nihilism can be forged and that it is a view worth taking seriously.
Beyond normative nihilism, I have active interests in moral uncertainty and the moral foundations of effective altruism. My doctoral research synthesises these interests by asking: what effect does uncertainty about normative nihilism have on our reasons to 'do good'?
I am also interested in a number of issues in practical philosophy more generally, especially regarding consequentialism, immigration, and philosophical questions surrounding meaning in life.
Between 2019 and 2021 I hosted the Searching For It podcast. Searching For It explored various philosophical thoughts and themes that inform the search for meaning in life. Searching For It peaked at #2 on Apple Podcasts' daily Philosophy charts in the United States of America.