Richard Playford


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I am a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Ethics and Religion at Leeds Trinity University. Before that I was a Lecturer in Religious Studies at St Mary's University up until 2022. I completed a PhD in philosophy at the University of Reading in 2017 where I was employed as a Sessional Lecturer. My thesis was on Aristotelian natural law ethics. I also have a master’s in philosophy from the University of Birmingham and a bachelor’s in philosophy with ancient history from the University of Exeter. I am a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Research interests

Generally, my interests lie at the intersection of ethics and metaphysics with a particular emphasis on the thought of Aristotle and Aquinas.

I am currently working on the RACS Network generously funded by a grant from the INSBS.

Teaching and Administration

I have over eight years experience teaching in a higher education setting. I have been a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy since 2018. My main areas of teaching expertise are philosophy and ethics, but I have also taught on comparative religion and theology.

With regard to administration, I am the programme leader for the BA (Hons) in Philosophy, Ethics and Religion at Leeds Trinity University. 

Education/Academic qualification

Doctor of Philosophy, University of Reading

Award Date: 31 Jul 2017

Master of Arts, Philosophy, University of Birmingham

Award Date: 31 Jul 2013

Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy with Ancient History, University of Exeter

Award Date: 31 Jul 2012


  • B Philosophy (General)
  • Ethics
  • Metaphysics
  • Aristotle
  • Aquinas
  • Bioethics
  • B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion


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