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Rory D. Kent

PhD student

College: King's
Supervisors: Hasok Chang and Stephen John
Thesis topic: The Politics and Ethics of Paul Feyerbend
Research interests: philosophy of science, political philosophy, feminist epistemology, Latin American decolonial theory, Marxism.

My PhD project aims to reconstruct the politics and ethics of Paul Feyerabend's (1924-94) philosophy of science. I hope to use this account to intervene in discourses around 'socially relevant' philosophy of science, especially where these discourses intersect with social justice and liberation.


Currently, I supervise undergraduate students taking the following papers (Natural Sciences Tripos):

  • Part IB HPS2 (Philosophy of Science)
  • Part II Paper 5 (Epistemology and Metaphysics of Science)
  • Part II Paper 6 (Ethics and Politics of Science and Medicine)


I co-organise the Cambridge chapter for Minorities and Philosophy (MAP), an international organisation which promotes the participation of marginalised groups in academic philosophy. I run two reading groups in the Department: Critical Perspectives on the Sciences (with Gianamar Giovannetti-Singh) and Power and Identity in Philosophy of Science.