Katherine Hawley Ph.D.

Katherine Hawley, Ph.D., is a professor of philosophy at the University of St Andrews, Scotland.  She holds a B.A. in Physics and Philosophy from the University of Oxford, and an M.Phil. in History and Philosophy of Science from the University of Cambridge; she obtained her Ph.D., also from the University of Cambridge, in 1998.

Hawley has published extensively in academic journals on the topics of trust, distrust, knowledge (both practical and theoretical), and injustice.  Her most recent book is Trust: A Very Short Introduction, published by Oxford University Press in 2012, and she is currently writing a new book about untrustworthiness and incompetence: her work on this project inspires many of her blogposts.

Hawley has given talks about her philosophical research in universities around the world.  In 2016 she spoke at LMU in Munich, and her lecture, Philosophical Reflections on Imposter Syndrome, is available to watch here.  More details about Hawley's work can be found at her website.

For her research, Hawley was awarded a Philip Leverhulme Prize in 2003, and a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship in 2014; her research has also been funded at various times by the Arts and Humanties Research Board, the British Academy, the Marie Curie programme of the European Commission, and the John Templeton Foundation.  She was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2016. 

Katherine was born and raised in Stoke-on-Trent, England, and now lives with her family in the beautiful East Neuk of Fife.  

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