Luke Elson

I’m a lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Reading. Before coming to Reading, I finished my PhD in 2014 at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before that, I studied Mathematics and Philosophy at Exeter College, Oxford.

If you’d like something quick to read, in 2018 I published a general interest piece defending carbon offsetting at The Conversation.

Publications and Research

I have a fairly wide range of research interests, but most of my work focuses on the implications of normative theories: for example, can internalism or Humeanism about reasons account about for our everyday judgements about which reasons we have? And is it a depressing theory?

I’m also developing work on the principle that ‘ought implies can’, and on the ethics of healthcare commissioning (purchasing).

I aim to publish my work open access, so (where available) these links are to the final, typeset version of the paper.


In the 2019-20 academic year, I am teaching the following undergraduate modules:

If you are at Reading, information and readings for all can be found on Blackboard.