Professor Brad Hooker
Brad Hooker has an undergraduate degree from Princeton and a doctorate from Oxford. He taught at Virginia Commonwealth University from 1986-93 and has been in the Philosophy Department at Reading ever since. He has edited or co-edited many books and is the author of Ideal Code, Real World: A Rule-consequentialist Theory of Morality. In recent years, his research has been focused on fairness and he intends to have a book published on this topic soon. He has been Honorary Secretary of the Mind Association, President of the British Philosophical Association, and editor of the journal Utilitas.
Susan Wolf is the Edna J. Koury Distinguished Professor of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina, at Chapel Hill. She received her B.A. in Math and Philosophy from Yale University and her Ph.D. from Princeton in 1978. Before coming to Chapel Hill in 2002, Wolf held positions at Harvard University (1978-81), the University of Maryland (1981-86), and the Johns Hopkins University (1986-2002). She has held fellowships from the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Guggenheim Foundation, and has been a visiting fellow at Princeton, at Oxford, at the Australian National University, and at the National Humanities Center. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 1999 and to the American Philosophical Society in 2006. She received a Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award in the Humanities in 2002, and served as President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in 2010-11. Along with many articles, she is the author of The Variety of Values: Essays on Morality, Meaning & Love (New York: Oxford University Press, 2015), Meaning in Life and Why It Matters (Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2010), and Freedom Within Reason (New York: Oxford University Press, 1990), and co-editor with Christopher Grau, of Understanding Love: Philosophy, Film, and Fiction, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2014).
She is the 2020 John Locke Lecturer at the University of Oxford.
Director of Studies
Marianne Talbot took her first degree at London University, then her B.Phil at Oxford (Corpus Christi College). She has taught for the colleges of Oxford University for 30 years (1987 – 1990 at Pembroke College, 1991 – 2000 at Brasenose College). She has been Director of Studies in Philosophy at OUDCE since 2001. She is the author of Bioethics: An Introduction, and Critical Reasoning: A Romp Through the Foothills of Logic. Marianne’s podcasts have been hugely popular. Two of them have been global number one on iTunesU. One of these (The Nature of Arguments) has been downloaded 7 million times.