Professor Michael Brady
- Professor of Philosophy (Philosophy)
telephone: 0141 330 3706
My main research is in the philosophy of emotion. One strand of this concerns the epistemic value of emotion; here I am interested in how we should understand the common-sense idea that emotions can tell us about value, and the conditions in which emotions can play a positive epistemic role. My monograph on these themes, Emotional Insight, was published by Oxford University Press in 2013.
The other strand concerns the nature and value of suffering. I was Principal Investigator, along with my colleague David Bain, on a major three-year interdisciplinary project The Value of Suffering, funded by the John Templeton Foundation. The project was a three-year investigation by a team of philosophers, psychologists, neuroscientists, and clinicians into the nature and role of suffering and affective experience in general. My monograph on this topic, Suffering & Virtue, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2018.
£362,000. John Templeton Foundation. The Value of Suffering Project (Principal Investigator). The VOS project is a large, international, and interdisciplinary research project investigating the nature, role, and value of pain, suffering, and affective experience more generally. Its core team comprises philosophers, neuroscientists, psychologists, and clinicians, based in Scotland, France, Norway, and the United States. It includes a postdoctoral fellow and an international PhD student. Running from 2013 - 2016, the project will involve numerous workshops and conferences and will result in articles, a monograph, edited collections, and various outreach activities.
£107,000. John Templeton Foundation. The Pain Project (Principal Investigator).
My current PhD students are Catherine Robb (Nature of Talent), and Abraham Sapien-Cordoba (Theories of Pain).
I have been supervisor (first or second) for the following students:
- Robert Cowan
- Ioanna-Maria Patsalidou
- Carole Baillie
- James Humphries
- Ross Heatherington
I have also managed Dr Jennifer Corns, who is the postdoctoral researcher on two projects: The Pain Project, and The Value of Suffering.
I usually teach the following courses:
- Philosophy MSc
- Philosophy Conversion (MLitt)
- Senior Honours: The Emotions (SH27)
- Junior Honours: Moral Philosophy (JH9)
- Junior Honours : Epistemology (JH3, tutorials)
- Level 2: Morality, Politics and Religion (2M, Metaethics component)
- Level 1: Right and Wrong (1M, Applied Ethics component)
I joined the Department at Glasgow in 2005, having previously taught at the University of Stirling. I received by PhD from the University of California at Santa Barbara, after having studied for a Masters in Philosophy at King's College, University of London, and a BA (Hons) in Philosophy at the University of Liverpool.
I was Director of the British Philosophical Association from 2011 until 2014, and Secretary of the Scots Philosophical Association from 2009 until 2012. I am on the Board of The Philosophical Quarterly, and subject editor responsible for Moral Philosophy, Political Philosophy, Aesthetics, and Philosophy of Religion for Oxford Bibliographies Online.
Outside of academic philosophy, I have worked as a philosophical advisor for Quarantine theatre company on two productions: Make-Believe in 2009, and Entitled in 2011, and will be working with the on the three-year project Summer. Autumn. Winter. Spring. will be made in four separate parts then played as a marathon event from 2016.