Dominic Newnham

Higher Degree by Research Candidate

School of Humanities

Faculty of Arts


My working thesis topic is 'The Relevance of Evolutionary Debunking Theories and Empirical Evidence in Normative Ethics'. One main question is whether scientific evidence—particularly from neuroimaging studies of subjects asked to respond to ethical dilemmas—is relevant to normative ethical questions about what is morally right or wrong. Empirical evidence may have the potential to undermine fundamental ethical assumptions by uncovering the various factors that influence our moral judgements and our formulation of normative ethical theories.

My working thesis topic is 'The Relevance of Evolutionary Debunking Theories and Empirical Evidence in Normative Ethics'. One main question is whether scientific evidence—particularly from neuroimaging studies of subjects asked to respond to ethical dilemmas—is relevant to normative ethical questions about what is morally right or wrong. Empirical evidence may have the potential to undermine fundamental ethical assumptions by uncovering the various factors that influence our moral judgements and our formulation of normative ethical theories.

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  • Education

    Date Institution name Country Title
    2017 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Master of Philosophy (Arts)
    2016 - 2016 University of Adelaide, Adelaide Australia Bachelor of Arts (Honours, First Class)
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