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Harriet Ivison

Harriet Ivison


Research student

School of English, Communication and Philosophy


I started my PhD at Cardiff in October 2021. My thesis is on reciprocity and Universal Moral Grammar. I am being supervised by Prof. Jon Webber.

My research interests lie at the intersection of moral philosophy and cognitive science. In particular, I am interested in understanding the cognitive basis for our intuitive moral judgements, and whether this could be accounted for within a nativist model. My research project explores whether evidence supports the idea that a universal moral grammar could govern reciprocity judgements.



Reciprocity and Universal Moral Grammar

Research themes


  • Philosophy
  • Philosophy of cognition
  • Moral psychology