The Aristotelian Society

The Aristotelian Society

est. 1880


The Aristotelian Society is pleased to offer five Student Bursaries of £3000 for the academic year 2018-19, intended for the support of postgraduate research in any area of philosophy.


• Applicants must be PhD students engaged in full-time study at a UK institution during 2018-19 and must already have completed at least one year of postgraduate study by the start of the academic year 2018-19.

• Applicants must be a member of the Aristotelian Society.

• No one who is in receipt of any AHRC award or equivalent for the academic year 2018-19 will be eligible for a bursary.

Application Process

• Applications for Student Bursaries should be made by filling in the application form available to download here, which includes a research statement of max. 500 words.

• Please email the completed form together with a CV to Josephine Salverda, Managing Editor of the Aristotelian Society, at postgrad[at]

• Applicants should also ensure that two references are sent to the Managing Edtior by the deadline for applications, Friday 15 June 2018.

• Successful applicants will be informed in July 2018.

Bursary Recipients for 2017/18

Vanessa Carr| Student Bursary Recipient | The Aristotelian Society | Philosophy in London Since 1880

Vanessa Carr (UCL)

Vanessa Carr is a PhD candidate in philosophy at UCL, working primarily in metaphysics and philosophy of action. She completed the MPhilStud, also at UCL, and received a BA in Philosophy, Psychology and Physiology from the University of Oxford. Vanessa’s PhD research addresses the nature of activity, and examines the relationship between causation and activity. She defends the existence of causation by agents, but challenges the viability of an account of activity in terms of causation by the agent. This project draws on a range of literatures, including those on causation, action, free will, reduction and grounding, and abstract objects. 

Alexander Moran | Student Bursary Recipient | The Aristotelian Society | Philosophy in London Since 1880

Alexander Moran (Cambridge)

Alexander Moran is a fourth year PhD student at the University of Cambridge. His supervisor is Prof. Tim Crane. His research primarily focuses on the philosophy of perception: in his doctoral thesis, he defends a neglected form of disjunctivism about visual experience, which combines a naive realist view of visual perception with a sense datum account of visual hallucination. He also has strong research interests in various aspects of contemporary metaphysics, and in both early modern and early analytic philosophy.

Before coming to Cambridge, he completed the B. Phil at Oxford with Distinction. Prior to that, he obtained a B.A. in philosophy from UCL, where he won several awards, including the Rosa Morrison Medal for best degree results across the Arts and Humanities Faculty.

Gary Mullen | Student Bursary Recipient | The Aristotelian Society | Philosophy in London Since 1880

Gary Mullen (Leeds)

Gary Mullen is a doctoral student in philosophy at the University of Leeds, with primary research interests in decision theory, philosophy of mind and philosophy of action. His PhD brings together these themes with a focus on the framing of decision problems and the phenomenon of decision instability. In particular, he thinks that the task of specifying an agent’s options deserves more attention and that a crude conception of the agent is behind existing puzzles about decision instability. Gary also has interests in logic and general philosophy of science, having completed an MA in formal methods at the Munich Centre for Mathematical Philosophy. Prior to this, he earned a BA in philosophy from the University of Cambridge and an MLitt in philosophy from the University of St Andrews.

Alexander Roberts | Student Bursary Recipient | The Aristotelian Society | Philosophy in London Since 1880

Alexander Roberts (Oxford)

Alexander Roberts is a D.Phil student at the University of Oxford whose main research interests are in metaphysics and philosophical logic. Before starting his D.Phil, he received a B.Phil from Oxford and an undergraduate degree from Leeds. His D.Phil thesis is a collection of essays on the metaphysics and logic of metaphysical modality, each of which considers a challenge to idea that metaphysical modality is the maximal objective modality. His recent research has been on the metaphysics of higher-order modal logic and indefinite extensibility.

Janis Schaab | Student Bursary Recipient | The Aristotelian Society | Philosophy in London Since 1880

Janis Schaab (St. Andrews/Stirling)

Janis Schaab is a third-year PhD student on the St Andrews/Stirling Philosophy Graduate Programme (SASP). Prior to that, he attained an MLitt in Philosophy on the same programme and a BA in Philosophy & Economics from the University of Bayreuth. Since starting his PhD, he has visited the philosophy departments at Yale University and Humboldt University Berlin to work as a visiting research student under the auspices of Stephen Darwall and Thomas Schmidt, respectively.

Janis’s research focuses on Kantian approaches within contemporary moral philosophy. Specifically, his thesis explores the prospects of the view known as Kantian Constructivism, according to which the source of morality’s normativity resides within our own will or ‘practical standpoint’. His aim is to clarify the ambitions and argumentative strategy of Kantian Constructivism, and ultimately to advance a qualified defense of the view. Despite its meta-normative focus, Janis’s research has implications for issues in first-order normative theory, such as the correct understanding of human dignity, the nature and foundations of moral rights, as well as the demandingness of our positive duties.