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Dr Jonathan Webber


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Location: John Percival Building, Colum Drive, Cathays, Cardiff, CF10 3EU.

Research Group


Research Interests

Moral Psychology; Existentialism; Virtue Ethics; Kantian Ethics; Applied Ethics.

Selected Publications

The Existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre. Routledge Studies in Twentieth-Century Philosophy, 2008.

The Imaginary, by Jean-Paul Sartre. Translation, with philosophical introduction, notes, and index. London and New York: Routledge, 2004.

Existentialism [214 KB] Routledge Companion to Ethics, ed. John Skorupski. Routledge, 2009.

Character, Common-Sense, and Expertise [227 KB] Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 10, no. 1 (January 2007).

Sex[275 KB] _Philosophy_ 84, no. 328: 233-250 (April 2009)




Reading Sartre: on Phenomenology and Existentialism. Edited. Routledge, 2011.

The Existentialism of Jean-Paul Sartre. Routledge, 2009.

The Imaginary: a Phenomenological Psychology of the Imagination, by Jean-Paul Sartre. Translated and edited. Routledge, 2004.


Automaticity in Virtuous Action (with Clea Rees). In The Philosophy and Psychology of Character and Happiness, ed. Nancy Snow and Franco Trivigno. Routledge, 2014.

Liar! Analysis 73 (2013): 651-659.

Character, Attitude and Disposition. European Journal of Philosophy 2013. DOI: 10.1111/ejop.12028

Intentional Side-Effects of Action (with Robin Scaife). Journal of Moral Philosophy 10 (2013): 179-203.

Cultivating Virtue. Phenomenology and Naturalism, ed. Havi Carel and Darian Meacham. Cambridge University Press, 2013.

Authenticity. Sartre: Key Concepts, ed. Jack Reynolds and Steven Churchill. Acumen, 2013.

Constancy, Fidelity, and Integrity (with Clea Rees). The Handbook of Virtue Ethics, ed. Stan van Hooft and Nicole Saunders. Acumen, 2013.

Bad Faith and the Unconscious. The International Encyclopedia of Ethics, ed. Hugh LaFolette. Wiley, 2013.

A Law Unto Oneself. The Philosophical Quarterly 62 (2012): 170-189.

Climate Change and Public Moral Reasoning. New Waves in Ethics, ed. Thom Brooks. Palgrave, 2011.

Freedom. The Routledge Companion to Phenomenology, ed. Sebastian Luft and Søren Overgaard. Routledge, 2011.

Bad Faith and the Other. Reading Sartre: on Phenomenology and Existentialism, ed. Jonathan Webber. Routledge: 2011.

Existentialism. The Routledge Companion to Ethics, ed. John Skorupski. Routledge, 2010.

Sex. Philosophy 84 (2009): 233-250.

Character, Global and Local. Utilitas 19 (2007): 430-434.

Character, Common-Sense, and Expertise. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 10 (2007): 89-104.

Character, Consistency, and Classification. Mind 115 (2006): 651-658.

Virtue, Character and Situation. Journal of Moral Philosophy 3 (2006): 193-213.

Sartre's Theory of Character. European Journal of Philosophy 14 (2006): 94-116.

Doing Without Representation: Coping with Dreyfus. Philosophical Explorations 5 (2002): 82-88.

Motivated Aversion: Bad Faith and Non-Thetic Awareness. Sartre Studies International 8 (2002): 45-57.


Where’s Beauvoir? The Boxer and the Goalkeeper: Sartre versus Camus, by Andy Martin. Times Literary Supplement 5724 (14 December 2012): 26.

Reading Sartre, by Joseph S. Catalano. Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews 9 February 2011.

Other Publications

Virtue and Vice in the Hurt Locker. Dialogue 37 (2011): 19-21.

There Is Something About Inez. Think 27 (2011): 45-56.

Character. The Philosophers' Magazine 50 (2010): 112-113.

Reconstructing Alfie. The Philosophers' Magazine 47 (2009): 61-66.


Jonathan works in moral psychology, which means that he is concerned with understanding the psychological concepts employed in ethical discourse, with the extent to which these concepts are genuinely applicable to people, and with ways in which our moral thinking can go wrong when we make mistakes about human psychology.

His most recent publications have been concerned with the ideas of character and virtue, particularly with whether empirical psychology has shown these to embody a mistaken view of human behaviour, and with clarifying and assessing the theory of the origins and nature of character at the heart of twentieth-century French existentialist thought.

He is currently working on ways in which moral psychology can be applied directly to current debates in applied ethics.


Jonathan studied at Oxford as an undergraduate and UCL as a postgraduate. He held lectureships at Sheffield and Bristol before coming to Cardiff in 2008.

He is currently Treasurer of the British Society for Ethical Theory and Visiting Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Bristol.