Dr. Farbod Akhlaghi

Dr. Farbod Akhlaghi

Visiting Research Fellow, Philosophy



For the 2023/2024 academic year, I am a Visiting Research Fellow at Trinity before taking up an Assistant Professorship in Moral Philosophy in August 2024. My current primary position is as a Junior Research Fellow in Philosophy at Christ's College, University of Cambridge. Before Trinity and Cambridge, I read for my DPhil (PhD) in Philosophy at the University of Oxford, at Oriel College (2017-2020) and St Anne's College (2020-2021), supervised by Prof Roger Crisp and Prof Timothy Williamson. I received my MPhil in Philosophy from the University of Cambridge (2016-2017), an MLitt in Philosophy from the University of St Andrews and Stirling Philosophy Graduate Programme (2015-2016), and a BA (Hons) in Philosophy from the University of Reading (2012-2015). I am a 'third-culture kid', born in the UK to British parents of Persian ancestry, and raised across the UK, South Africa, and throughout the Middle East.

Publications and Further Research Outputs

  • Farbod Akhlaghi-Ghaffarokh, Existence, Mathematical Nominalism, and Meta-Ontology: An Objection to Azzouni on Criteria for Existence, Philosophia Mathematica, 26, (2), 2018, p251 - 265Journal Article, 2018, URL
  • Farbod Akhlaghi, On Moral Obligations and Our Chances of Fulfilling Them, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 23, 2020, p625 - 638Journal Article, 2020, URL
  • Farbod Akhlaghi, On the Possibility of Wholesale Moral Error, Ratio, 34, (3), 2021, p236 - 247Journal Article, 2021, URL
  • Farbod Akhlaghi, Does the Unity of Grounding Matter?, Mind, 131, (523), 2022, p828 - 837Journal Article, 2022, URL
  • Farbod Akhlaghi, Non-Realist Cognitivism, Truthmaking, and Ontological Cheating, Ethics, 132, (2), 2022, p291 - 321Journal Article, 2022, URL
  • Farbod Akhlaghi, Transformative Experience and the Right to Revelatory Autonomy, Analysis, 2023, p3 - 12Journal Article, 2023, DOI
  • Farbod Akhlaghi, The Problems of Creeping Minimalism, Philosophy, 98, (3), 2023, p327 - 343Journal Article, 2023, URL
  • Meta-Ethical Quietism? Wittgenstein, Relaxed Realism, and Countercultures in Meta-Ethics in, editor(s)Beale, J. & Cosker-Rowland, R. , Wittgenstein and Contemporary Moral Philosophy, Routledge, 2024, [Farbod Akhlaghi]Book Chapter, URL
  • Farbod Akhlaghi, Review of On What Matters: Volume Three, by Derek Parfit , Journal of Moral Philosophy, 20, (1-2), 2023, p166-170Review, URL

Research Expertise

My primary research spans moral philosophy, (meta-)metaphysics, and their intersections. My current research mostly falls into three main projects: (a) bringing work on the nature of metaphysics and ontology to bear on debates over the metaphysics of morality and of normativity; (b) the ethics of transformative experience and what I call revelatory autonomy, and their relation to friendship, family, love, and interpersonal value; (c) analytic philosophy and ethics of culture. I have a broad range of other interests that include the history of philosophy (esp. British moral philosophy and Classical Islamic philosophy), the philosophy and ethics of journalism, epistemology, political philosophy, and meta-philosophy more generally.

Philosophy, Ethics and Religion,


  • Deans' List for Academic Excellence, University of St Andrews 2015-2016
  • Aristotelian Society Bursary 2020-2021
  • University Prize Scholarship, University of Sheffield (Declined) 2017
  • Philosophy Department Prize, University of Reading 2014-2015
  • Darwin Philosophy Studentship, Darwin College, Cambridge 2016-2017
  • Reading Experience and Development Award 2013-2014
  • Graduate Development Scholarship, St Anne's College, Oxford 2020-2021
  • Faculty of Philosophy Nominee for the inaugural Berggruen Prize for Best DPhil Thesis in Philosophy, Politics, or Law, University of Oxford 2021-2022
  • Philosophical Quarterly Bursary, University of St Andrews 2015-2016
  • Chancellor's Award, University of Reading 2014
  • Full Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Studentship, University of Oxford 2017-2020
  • Royal Institute of Philosophy Jacobsen Studentship (Unable to accept due to other funding) 2020-2021
  • Faculty of Arts and Humanities TPG Research-Based Learning Prize, University of Stirling 2015-2016
  • Laurie Brain Book Prize, University of Reading 2013-2014
  • Anniversary PhD Scholarship, University of Reading (Declined) 2017
  • Member of the Royal Institute of Philosophy
  • Lifetime Member of the Aristotelian Society