Dr. Simon-Pierre Chevarie-Cossette

Dr. Simon-Pierre Chevarie-Cossette

Stipendiary Lecturer in Philosophy


I completed a DPhil in philosophy at the University of Oxford. I was supervised by Prof. John Hyman and Prof. Alison Hills. On top of working at St John’s, I am a Visiting Research Fellow at King's College London under the supervision of Prof. Maria Alvarez.

Research Interests

I work at the crossing of philosophy of action, theoretical ethics, and epistemology on subjects such as free will, deliberation, and reasons for conduct.

My dissertation discusses whether doubting free will and moral responsibility is thinkable. More precisely, I am interested in whether it is self-defeating to doubt free will and responsibility; whether it is possible to doubt free will and yet engage in the moral life; and whether it is possible to deliberate rationally if we believe that we do not have real alternatives.


See: http://en.spchevariecossette.info/teaching.html

Awards and distinctions

  • Fonds de recherche société et culture du Québec’s Post-Doctorate Scholarship (2019–21)
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada’s Doctorate Scholarship (2014–18)
  • Best Postgraduate Teacher (OUSU) (2017)
  • Rhodes Scholarship (2014–17)

Recent Publications