Faculty Profile

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Full-time Faculty
Assistant Professor of Philosophy; Basket Coordinator for Modes of Thinking; Lee Kong Chian Fellow
School of Social Sciences

Dr Matthew Hammerton joined SMU in 2018. He got his PhD from the Australian National University and his Masters of Philosophy from the University of Sydney. He specializes in moral philosophy and topics that his work covers include consequentialism, deontology, virtue ethics, meaning in life, moral reasoning, and Buddhist ethics. He has published articles in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Ethics, Inquiry, Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, Journal of Value Inquiry, Ratio, and Utilitas. He has also served as the Singapore delegation leader to the 2020 and 2021 International Philosophy Olympiads.


  • PhD (Philosophy), Australian National University, 2017
  • MPhil (Philosophy), University of Sydney, 2010

Research Interests

  • Normative Ethics
  • Metaethics
  • Moral Reasoning
  • Philosophy of Happiness
  • Buddhist Ethics

Course(s) Taught in SMU

  • Critical Thinking in the Real World
  • Big Questions (Happiness and Suffering)