nick zangwill

Professor Nick Zangwill

Ferens Chair of Philosophy

Professor Nick Zangwill works in moral philosophy, aesthetics, philosophy of mind and metaphysics and his core interest is in normative dependence.

He has written three monographs, edited two collections and published more than 100 articles, mostly in quality journals.

Prof Zangwill has previously worked at the universities of Durham, Oxford and Glasgow, with visiting positions at Brown, Ohio State, Osaka, Ritsumeikan, Sao Paulo, UNICAMP, the Institute of Fundamental Sciences in Tehran, and Padua.

Professor Zangwill is away this year as a Visiting Research Professor at the Murphy institute at Tulane University



Research Interests

  • Moral philosophy
  • Aesthetics
  • Philosophy of mind
  • Metaphysics

Research groups

  • Interdisiplinary links to colleagues in musicology, architectural theory and psychology.


The Metaphysics of Beauty, Cornell University Press, 2001 (Italian translation, La Metaphisica Della Bellezza, Edizioni Marinotti Press, 2011)

Aesthetic Creation, Oxford University Press, 2007

Scruton's Aesthetics, edited volume, co-edited with Andy Hamilton, Palgrave-Macmillan, 2012.

Music and Aesthetic Reality, Routledge, 2015

Essence and Context, edited volume (with Rima Povilioniene and Rūta Stanevičiūtė), Springer-Palgrave-Macmillan, 2018.

Full publications list



Modules list

  • Contemporary Ethics
  • Contemporary Aesthetics
  • Philosophical Texts (Descartes and Hume)

Research PhDs

Professor Zangwill welcomes research supervision in any area he has researched (see his publications) and also in many central areas of philosophy.

Professional highlights


Academic qualifications

  • Doctorate from London University