Philosophy Teaching Guides

The Royal Institute plans a series of guides around philosophy A-level subjects, written by experts in the field.  Here are the first three in what we hope will be a useful and interesting series: Duncan Pritchard on Epistemology, Michael Lacewing on Moral Philosophy, and Clare Carlisle on the Metaphysics of God.


Duncan Prichard on Epistemology
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Duncan Pritchard is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh and  Director of Edinburgh’s Eidyn research centre. His research is mainly in epistemology with particular focus on the following issues: the problem of scepticism, the epistemic externalism/internalism distinction; the rationality of religious belief; testimony; the relationship between epistemic and content externalism; virtue epistemology; epistemic value; modal epistemology; the history of scepticism; and epistemological contextualism. His principal monographs are Epistemic LuckThe Nature and Value of Knowledge: Three InvestigationsEpistemological Disjunctivism and Epistemic Angst: Radical Skepticism and the Groundlessness of Our Believing.

Michael Lacewing on Moral Philosophy
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Michael Lacewing is a former Vice-Principal Academic and Reader in Philosophy at Heythrop College, London, and is now a teacher of philosophy and theology at Christ’s Hospital School, Sussex. He has written many textbooks on A level philosophy for Routledge, advises the British Philosophical Association on philosophy is schools, is part of the Philosophy in Education Project, and is trained in Philosophy for Children (P4C). He has published widely in metaethics, moral psychology, and philosophy of psychoanalysis, and is an Honorary Reader in the Research Department of Clinical, Educational and Health Psychology at UCL. His website is

Clare Carlisle on the Metaphysics of God
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Clare Carlisle is Reader in Philosophy and Theology at King's College London and the author of several books on philosophy and philosophers, including Philosopher of the Heart: The Restless Life of Søren Kierkegaard (Penguin, 2019) and On Habit (Routledge, 2014).  She is also the editor of Spinoza's Ethics, translated by George Eliot (Princeton University Press, 2020).  Clare grew up in Manchester, studied philosophy at Trinity College, Cambridge, and now lives in Hackney.