Dr Stephen Boulter

Reader in Philosophy

School of Education, Humanities and Languages

Stephen Boulter


Stephen Boulter is Reader in Philosophy within the Department of History, Philosophy and Culture.

He has an Hons BA and MA from the University of McMaster (Canada) and a PhD from the University of Glasgow. Before coming to Oxford Brookes Stephen was Gifford Research Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Glasgow.

Teaching and supervision


Research Students

Name Thesis title Completed
Fabien Dézèque Can we ever be satisfied? Well-being treadmills and the evolution of happiness Active


Stephen's research interests include the philosophy of language, the philosophy of evolutionary biology, perception, metaphysics, virtue ethics and metaethics, Aristotle and medieval philosophy. He has also been contracted to the Scottish Consultative Council on the Curriculum (SCCC) as a Development Officer and National Trainer of the new Scottish Higher and Advanced Higher in Philosophy (the Scottish equivalent of the English A-Level) in the past.



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Professional information


  • “What Philosophy Is”, delivered at the Cave Hill Symposium on Conceptualising Philosophy. The University of the West Indies, April 2005.
  • “Evolutionary theory and Reid’s metaphilosophy of common sense”, delivered at Hume and His Critics: A Conference on the Scottish Enlightenment. Baylor University, Texas, USA. May 2005.