Dr. Gloria Ayob

Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Mental Health

School of Nursing

Brook Building, BB241

+44 (0) 1772 89 2770


Course leader on the MA Philosophy and Mental Health, research interests in topics in the philosophy of psychiatry and mental health.

Gloria Ayob graduated in 2002 from the University of Manchester with BA (Hons) Philosophy and obtained her doctorate in philosophy in 2008 from the University of Warwick. Since then she has lectured on the BA Philosophy and the MA Philosophy and Mental Health at UCLan. Her research interests lies in the philosophy of mind and psychopathology, with a special interest in the concepts of agency, psychological autonomy, and self-knowledge.

Membership of professional and learned bodies

British Philosophical Association


(forthcoming) “The structure of agency in personality disorders”, Philosophy, Psychiatry, Psychology.

“Psychopathy: what apology making tells us about moral agency”, Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics, 2014, 35:1, 17-29 (co-authored with Tim Thornton)

Ayob, Gloria (2008) Do People Defy Generalizations?: Examining the Case Against Evidence-Based Medicine in Psychiatry. Philosophy, Psychiatry, and Psychology, 15 (2). pp. 167-174. ISSN 1071-6076

Ayob, Gloria (2009) The Aspect-Perception Passages: A Critical Investigation of Köhler's Isomorphism Principle1. Philosophical Investigations, 32 (3). pp. 264-280. ISSN 01900536

More publications


“Antisocial personality disorder, Reasons-responsiveness and Voluntary action”, to be co-presented with Dr. Steve Ramplin at the third UK Conference in Philosophy and Psychiatry, London, 23-25 September 2015

“Self-control, autonomous actions, and mind-blindness,” presented at the 88th Joint Session of the Aristotelian Society and Mind Association, Cambridge 11-13 July 2014


Current research on topics in philosophical psychopathology, focusing on the concepts of agency, psychological autonomy, self-knowledge, responsibility, mental disorder.


Course leader on MA Philosophy and Mental Health; module leader for modules on BA Philosophy and MA Philosophy and Mental Health; doctoral supervision.