Personal profile

Research overview

Patrick's area of specialization is moral responsibility and the topic of his doctorate is the ethics of third-party blame (and, by extension, the ethics of blame in general). Other research interests of his include the ethics of forgiveness, praise, trust, protest, grandstanding, and related phenomena. He also has an interest in the history of philosophy (particularly the works of Plato and Kant), the philosophy of art, and epistemology.

Patrick joined SASP (the St Andrews and Stirling Graduate programme in Philosophy) in the fall of 2022. Prior to coming to St Andrews, he received his bachelor's (with a minor equivalent in art history from Antiquity to the Renaissance) and master's degrees in philosophy from the University of Oslo (UiO). During his time at UiO, he was co-editor of the programme's student-run journal Filosofisk supplement from 2018 to 2019, as well as an active member of the student council.

Patrick's supervisors are Prof Jessica Brown and Dr Justin Snedegar. He is also a postgraduate member of the department's research centres, CEPPA and Arché. During the Spring 2024 semester, Patrick will be the convenor of the ECT (Epistemology: Current Themes) Arché stream.


Spring 2024: PY2013 - Moral and Aesthetic Value

Fall 2023: PY2011 - Foundations of Western Philosophy

Spring 2023: PY1013 - The Enlightenment


  • B Philosophy (General)
  • Moral responsibility
  • Ethics of blame
  • Normative ethics