Robert Seddon

I used to think there were manifold problems; then I thought there were well-defined problems and there were wicked problems; and now I think that for most of us, for too much of the time, there is usually one underlying problem, which is the problem of not altogether knowing what the problems are.

I used worry mostly about being wrong, or worse still ‘not even wrong’; now I try to avoid both being trivially wrong and being sterilely right.

I’m impressed by the breadth of human insight; but a point of view is useless if you’re happy to conclude that the world is made of eyelids. The more I see of these things we call cultures, the more pressing seems the need to learn how to live when everyone contains multitudes.

I received my Ph.D. in Philosophy from the University of Durham, where I am currently an Honorary Fellow of the Department of Philosophy and a member of the Centre for the Ethics of Cultural Heritage. I am also a member of the Alliance for Future Generations.

My doctoral research was concerned with ethical problems involving culture and heritage, particularly heritage as a repository of moral worth. I remain involved in this field of research, and also have a developing interest in problems of long-termism and how to foster it.

I jostle for living space with my own library, and like to explore strange worlds within video games. When not cultivating reflective quiescence I enjoy a stimulating conversation, and have been privileged to know some fascinating and wonderful individuals.