Dr Lani Watson


My research focuses on questions and questioning. I work primarily in applied epistemology and practical ethics, including social and virtue epistemology, the ethics of technology, and the philosophy of education. I am currently working as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow, where I am conducting empirical and theoretical research examining the role that good and bad questioning plays in the 'technomoral ecosystem' of the technology sector, including in ethical decision-making, creative problem-solving, promoting equality, diversity and inclusion, and effective leadership.

I have co-founded a company delivering a research-based training programme for better questioning to diverse organisations. I gained my doctorate from the University of Edinburgh in 2015 and was subsequently a Leverhulme Early Career Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. I have also held research posts at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Connecticut. I have numerous academic publications and recent book entitled The Right to Know: Epistemic Rights and Why We Need Them.

Research Area/s: 

Epistemology, Practical Ethics, Philosophy of Technology, Philosophy of Education

Research Interests:

Questioning; questions; curiosity; applied virtue, social and political epistemology; practical ethics; tech ethics; intellectual virtues and vices; virtue theory; rights theory; epistemology of education.  


Philosophy Faculty profile: https://www.philosophy.ox.ac.uk/people/lani-watson#tab-2558991

Professional website: https://www.philosophyofquestions.com/