Thomas Wells

About me

I teach ethics and the philosophy of social science at the Institute for Philosophy at Leiden University, and at the University of Witten/Herdecke

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
business ethics.

Philosophy of social science, especially economics.
Current Academic Projects

Founder and editor 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 2015).

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]