David Manson Foggie MacDonald

David Manson Foggie MacDonald


Personal profile

Research overview

My research interests are mainly in ethics, and political philosophy: although I have a desire to try to branch out into writing some things on feminism and masculinity. My PhD tries to answer some applied questions about the ethics of sex and consent. E.g. What does it take to know that our partner(s) are consenting? How much due diligence do you need to do before having sex with a stranger? When are you responsible for causing harm to someone during sex because of something you didn’t know? Does sex require trust?

My primary supervisor is Theron Pummer and Liz Ashford is my secondary.

When I’m not doing philosophy I’m mostly playing Touch Rugby, trying to find cheap Lego on Ebay, or hiking. (Well actually I'm mostly sleeping but that sounds less interesing)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Letters, Mlitt in Moral, Political, and Legal Philosophy, University of St Andrews

14 Sept 201914 Sept 2020

Award Date: 14 Sept 2020

Master of Arts, MA Politics, UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW

14 Sept 201514 Jun 2019

Award Date: 10 Jun 2019


  • B Philosophy (General)
  • Ethics
  • Sex and Consent