Thomas Wells

About me

Visiting Professor in Theoretical Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Faculty of Economic Sciences, University of Witten/Herdecke

My previous positions include lectureships at the Institute for Philosophy at Leiden University, the Faculty of Economics and Business at the University of Groningen, and the Faculty of Philosophy at Erasmus University Rotterdam.

My background is in natural sciences and philosophy at the University of Durham in the UK (BA & MA) followed by an MA and PhD in philosophy and economics at the Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics in Rotterdam. 
Research interests

Ethics, especially political philosophy and
applied ethics.

Philosophy of social science, especially economics.
Academic Projects

Founding editor (2008-2015) of the Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, an international peer-reviewed academic journal on the history, methodology and ethics of economics.

Co-Editor of the Adam Smith section in the “Handbook of Virtue Ethics in Business and Management” (Springer, forthcoming 2016).

The Global Basic Income Advocacy Network.

Public Philosophy

I blog on philosophy, politics and economics at The Philosopher's Beard. I also write for Aeon Magazine3 Quarks Daily, The Critique, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and various other non-academic magazines.

Contact address

t.r.wells [at]

Photograph by Sarai Aser

               [Photo by Sarai Aser]