Welcome to the home page of Pekka Väyrynen. I’m Professor of Moral Philosophy in the School of Philosophy, Religion, and History of Science (PRHS) at University of Leeds, where I teach and research philosophy. My teaching and research interests focus on moral philosophy. I’ve published on a wide range of topics in metaethics, broadly construed. I’m available and keen to offer PhD supervision in these areas. Other areas of interest relevant to my work include metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of language. On most semesters, I direct the Centre for Aesthetic, Moral, and Political Philosophy (CAMP). I’m also the Director of Research for the School as a whole and the programme leader for our MA in Philosophy.
I regularly perform peer review. I’m enthusiastic about open access journals, and serve as a section editor for one of them. I’m an associate editor of a specialist journal in ethics. Since 2012 I’ve neither refereed for nor submitted to Elsevier and Springer journals because, even compared to other for-profit publishers, they charge university libraries unreasonable prices for access.
Before coming to Leeds in 2008 as Senior Lecturer, I completed my PhD in the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University in 2002, and then worked as Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at UC Davis in 2002-08. You can find out more about my career and professional service on my CV.