Jamie Cawthra

Mr Jamie Cawthra

Temporary Lecturer in Philosophy

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • Department of Languages and Philosophy


  • BA (University of Hertfordshire)
  • MA (University of York)
  • PhD (University of York)


I started philosophy at the University of Hertfordshire, and have studied or researched at the University of York and Concordia University, Montreal. I started teaching at Hull in 2018, working part time here and part time in York.

My current project is on audio descriptions and accessibility in media - what relation does audio description have to its parent work, and what kind of virtues does it have? In 2020, I will be joining a project on public trust in collaboration with Maastricht University.

My previous projects have looked at atypical imagining and engagement with fiction. What do we do when we read books? What is the appropriate response to seeing images on a screen? If you're interested in the answers to these questions, you can hear an interview with me for University Radio York (ury.org.uk/podcasts/1201/) or watch a (very short!) public talk I gave for the York Festival of Ideas (youtube.com/watch?v=am0zyjSMqJU)


I teach two modules at the University of Hull:

God, Evil and the Meaning of Life (first year)

Moral Philosophy (second year)

I also supervise several dissertation students in the area of ethics and value.

Research interests


Fiction and narratology



I am also interested in pedagogy, the pedagogy of philosophy, and the philosophy of pedagogy. I promise these are all different things.