Mr Farbod Akhlaghi-Ghaffarokh

DPhil Candidate in Philosophy / MCR President 2018-19
BA (Hons), MLitt, MPhil (Cantab)

I am a DPhil Philosophy candidate at Oriel College, Oxford, supervised by Prof. Roger Crisp and Prof. Timothy Williamson, and the President of the Oriel College Middle Common Room.

My research is funded by an Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Doctoral Studentship from the Oxford AHRC Doctoral Training Partnership.

Before Oxford, I received my BA (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Reading with First Class Honours, the Philosophy Department Prize, the Laurie Brain Prize, and a Chancellor's Award. I then read for my MLitt in Philosophy with Distinction at the University of St Andrews, on the St Andrews/Stirling Philosophy Graduate Programme. There, I was funded by the Philosophical Quarterly Scholarship, received a Distinction (19.5/20) in my dissertation, and I was placed on the Deans’ List for Academic Excellence. Finally, I took the MPhil in Philosophy at the University of Cambridge in Darwin College, where I held the Darwin Philosophy Studentship and completed a thesis in the intersection between metaphysics and moral philosophy under the supervision of Prof. Matthew Kramer. Before all of that, I grew up around the world before ending up at St. Edward’s School, Oxford (at 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, as the Postgraduate Representative on the Executive Committee of the British Philosophical Association, and as Coordinator of Oriel Talks. In addition to being MCR President, I currently serve as a Mentor on the Minorities and Philosophy UK (MAP UK) Mentorship Scheme, 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 the philosophy of logic and language at St. Anne’s College, Oxford.

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 other research interests in philosophy that I actively pursue. These other areas of interest are in practical/applied ethics, political philosophy, epistemology, and meta-philosophy. For further details of my particular interests in these areas, please see my 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 & Management (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 landmark Future of Normativity conference at the University of Kent (my attendance at which was generously supported by an Oriel College Travel Grant and the Oxford Faculty of Philosophy). For details of these and other talks, please see my CV on my website.

Selected publications

Akhlaghi-Ghaffarokh, F. (2018). 'Existence, Mathematical Nominalism, and Meta-Ontology: An Objection to Azzouni on Criteria for Existence'Philosophia Mathematica, Volume 26, Issue 2, pp. 251–265.