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, for which our Centre for Aesthetic, Moral, and Political Philosophy provides a rich and dynamic environment. Other areas of interest relevant to my work include metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of language.
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.