Dr Robert Watt

Lecturer in Politics and Philosophy


BA Politics, Philosophy and Economics, BPhil Philosophy, DPhil Philosophy

Academic Background

I did my undergraduate degree at Magdalen College and my graduate degrees at Balliol. I was a Junior Research Fellow at Christ Church between 2012 and 2016. I then moved to Cambridge where I was a Lecturer in Philosophy, focusing on ethics and political philosophy, before returning to Oxford in 2019 as a Departmental Lecturer in the History of Philosophy.

Undergraduate Teaching

On the politics side, I teach Introduction to the Theory of Politics, Theory of Politics, Political Thought: Plato to Rousseau, and Political Thought: Bentham to Weber. On the philosophy side, I teach all parts of Introduction to Philosophy, Ethics, Knowledge and Reality, Early Modern Philosophy, and Philosophy of Kant.

Research Interests

I mainly work on the history of philosophy, especially the 18th Century Prussian philosopher Immanuel Kant, and the 19th/20th Century French philosopher Henri Bergson.


'Bergson on Kant and the Freedom of the Moi en Général', European Journal of Philosophy, forthcoming.

‘Bergson on Number', British Journal for the History of Philosophy, forthcoming.

‘Three Myths about Kant’s Second Antinomy', Archiv für Geschichte der Philosophie 101:2 (2019), 258-79.

‘Hyper-Physical Influence and Pre-Established Intellectual Harmony in Kant’s Letter to Herz', History of Philosophy Quarterly 35:3 (2018), 259-77.

‘Kant’s Transcendental Deduction, Non-Conceptualism, and the Fitness-for-Purpose Objection', Kantian Review 23:1 (2018), 65-88.

‘The Location of Kant’s Refutation of Idealism', European Journal of Philosophy 25:4 (2017), 1640-59.