The Royal Institute of Philosophy is an educational charity and a company limited by guarantee. Its policies are determined by a large Council, which also appoints the Executive Committee.  The Executive Committee members are trustees of the charity and serve on the editorial board of the Institute's journals, Philosophy and Think. The Council and Executive Committee are led by a Chair, a Deputy Chair, and from time to time a President. The Executive Committee appoints three directors -- an academic director, a finance director, and a managing director -- who together run the Institute day to day.  

Professor Maria Alvarez is Co-Editor of Philosophy. She’s Professor of Philosophy at King's College London, having previously taught at the University of Southampton. She’s the author of Kinds of Reasons; an Essay in the Philosophy of Action and works mainly on philosophy of action, reasons and normativity. She’s currently working on a monograph on agency, choice and moral responsibility. 

Dr. James Garvey is Managing Director of the Royal Institute. He is editor of The Philosophers' Magazine and author or editor of several books and articles, including The Persuaders: The Hidden Industry That Wants To Change Your Mind, The Ethics of Climate Change, the Think Now Series on social and political philosophy, The Story of Philosophy, The Twenty Greatest Philosophy Books and The Bloomsbury Companion to the Philosophy of Mind


Baroness Onora O’Neill is President of the Royal Institute. She is a crossbench member of the House of Lords, formerly Principal of Newnham College Cambridge, Chair of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, President of the British Academy, and winner of the recently established $1 million Berggruen Prize. Her most recent book is From Principles to Practice: Normatively and Judgement in Ethics and Politics

Dr. Julian Baggini is Academic Director of The Royal Institute. He is author, co-author or editor of over 20 books, including How The World Thinks, The Virtues of the Table, The Ego Trick, Freedom Regained, and The Edge of Reason. He was the founding editor of The Philosophers' Magazine and has written for numerous newspapers and magazines, as well as for the think takes The Institute of Public Policy Research, Demos and Counterpoint. He is an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Kent. 

Dr. Stephen Law is editor of Think and formerly Head of Department and Reader in Philosophy, Heythrop College, University of London, and now Honorary Research Fellow in Philosophy at Roehampton. He researches in philosophy of mind, philosophy of religion, and metaphysics, and is the author of many popular and introductory philosophy books including The PhilosophyGym: 25 Short Adventures in Philosophy.


Mr. Tony Philip FCA is Finance Director of the Royal Institute.  He is a Chartered Accountant and has had lengthy careers in the commercial oil and charity sectors.  He also volunteers in the charity sector, currently as a trustee and as a chair.  He has served the Royal Institute for 20 years.  

Professor Bill Brewer is Co-Editor of Philosophy. He is Susan Stebbing Professor of Philosophy at King's College London, having previously taught at Oxford and Warwick, and as a visiting professor at Brown and Berkeley. He is author of Perception and Reason and Perception and Its Objects, and co-editor of Spatial Representation and The Nature of Ordinary Objects. He works on Philosophy of Mind, Metaphysics, and Epistemology and is currently returning to to an abiding interest in the objectivity of perceptual experience.

Professor Lucy O'Brien is Chair of the Council, Professor of Philosophy at University College London, and co-editor of Mind.  She is author of Self-Knowing Agents and co-editor, with Matthew Soteriou, of Mental Actions. She works on interpersonal, rather than personal, self-consciousness and the nature of the self-conscious emotions.

Professor Sarah Sawyer is Vice-Chair of the Council and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sussex. She works in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, metaphysics, and epistemology. She is author of articles on a range of topics within these areas and editor of New Waves in Philosophy of Language. Her work focuses on representational and normative externalism.

Members of the Executive Committee

Dr. Arif Ahmed, Professor Maria Rosa Antognazza, Professor Ben Colburn, Professor Fiona Ellis, Professor John Haldane, Professor Beth Lord, Professor Lucy O’Brien, Dr Léa Salje, Professor Constantine Sandis, Professor Sarah Sawyer, and Dr. Rachael Wiseman. 

Members of the Council of The Royal Institute of Philosophy

Dr. Arif Ahmed, Dr. Anna Alexandrova, Dr. Charlotte Alderwick, Professor Maria Rosa Antognazza, Dr. Maria Balaska, Professor Michael Beaney, Dr. Alix Cohen, Professor Ben Colburn, Dr. Sam Coleman, Joan Concannon, Dr. Alexandra Couto, Dr. Rowan Cruft, Professor Max de Gaynesford, Dr. Joe Diekemper, David Edmonds, Professor Fiona Ellis, Dr. Nadine Elzein, Dr. Yasemin J. Erden, Dr. Suki Finn, Jules Goddard, Professor John Haldane, Dr. Margaret Hampson, Professor Angela Hobbs, Professor Susan James, Dr. Anneli Jefferson, Joanna Kavenna, Dr. Jason Konek, Professor Kristján Kristjánsson, Paul Keyte, Dr Mary Leng, Lizzy Lewis, Professor Hallvard Lillehammer, Professor John Lippitt, Dr. Beth Lord, Dr Federico Luzzi, Dr. Anna Mahtani, Professor John Marenbon, Professor Matt Matravers, Professor Veronique Munoz-Darde, Professor Alex Neill, Dr. Fay Niker, Professor Lucy O’Brien, Dr. Sarah Patterson, Professor Pauline Phemister, Dr. Tina Rock, Dr. Léa Salje, Professor Constantine Sandis, Professor Sarah Sawyer, Professor Genia Schönbaumsfeld, Dr. Tasia Scrutton, Dr. Shyane Siriwardena, Dr. Edward Skidelsky, Professor Robert Stern, Dr. James Wilson, Ed Winters, Dr. Rachael Wiseman, and Professor Lea Ypi.