Mr Farbod Akhlaghi-Ghaffarokh

Farbod Akhlaghi-Ghaffarokh
DPhil Candidate in Philosophy
BA (Hons), MLitt, MPhil (Cantab)

I am a DPhil Philosophy Candidate at Oriel College, Oxford, for which I have been awarded a full three-year Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Studentship from the Oxford AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership. I am supervised by Professor Roger Crisp, who is Professor of Moral Philosophy and Uehiro Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy at St. Anne's College, Oxford.

From 2012-2015, I read for my BA (Hons) in Philosophy at the University of Reading with First Class Honours, the Laurie Brain Prize, a Chancellor's Award, and a Distinction in my dissertation supervised by Prof. Maximilian de Gaynesford and Prof. David S. Oderberg.

Then, in 2015/16, I read for the MLitt in Philosophy with Distinction at the University of St. Andrews (on the St. Andrews/Stirling Philosophy Graduate Programme), where I was funded by a full Philosophical Quarterly Scholarship and received a Distinction (19.5/20) in my dissertation on Quietist/Relaxed Meta-Normative Realism supervised by Dr. Justin Snedegar. I was also placed on the Deans' List for Academic Excellence in St. Andrews for achieving an average of a Distinction across all of my MLitt modules. Finally, in 2016/17 I took the MPhil in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge (Darwin College), whilst holding the Darwin Philosophy Studentship and completing a thesis in metaphysics/meta-normativity under the supervision of Prof. Matthew Kramer. Before my higher education, I was educated at St. Edward's School, Oxford from which I received both the Lower and Upper-Sixth Form Philosophy Prizes.

I have been President of the British Postgraduate Philosophy Association, the British Undergraduate Philosophy Society, and the University of Reading Philosophy Society. I have also served as an Editor of the British Journal of Undergraduate Philosophy and as the Postgraduate Representative on the Executive Committee of the British Philosophical Association. I currently serve as a Mentor on the Minorities and Philosophy UK (MAP UK) Mentorship Scheme, as a member of the Oriel College MCR Committee as one of the two coordinators of Oriel Talks, as a Student Representative on the Oxford AHRC DTP Steering Committee, and as a member of the Oxford AHRC-TORCH Graduate Fund Peer-Review College.

Finally, I have also taught philosophy at Oxford as a tutor in moral philosophy at Oriel, and as a tutor in philosophy of logic and language at St. Anne's College.

For more information, please see my personal website.

Research interests

My primary research interests lie in i) metaphysics and meta-metaphysics, ii) moral philosophy and the philosophy of normativity, and iii) the intersection of these research areas. My DPhil project concerns the intersection of these research interests.

I have a broad range of research interests in philosophy. My other areas of research interest include applied ethics, epistemology, meta-philosophy, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of cognitive science. Details of my research interests can be found on my personal website.

Research Presentations

I have presented at a range of academic philosophy conferences. Some of these include presenting refereed papers at the ‘Moral Realism: Relaxed or Robust?’ conference at the Frankfurt School of Finance & Mangament (which was the first international conference on the topic of my DPhil project), the 2nd Annual Foundations of Normativity Workshop at the University of Edinburgh, and at the Understanding Value VI conference at the University of Sheffield. For details of these and other talks, please see my full academic CV on my personal website.

Selected publications

Akhlaghi-Ghaffarokh, Farbod. (2018). 'Existence, Mathematical Nominalism, and Meta-Ontology: An Objection to Azzouni on Criteria for Existence'Philosophia Mathematica, pp. 1–15.