RIP Soran Reader

Soran did an enormous amount to resuscitate SWIP-UK several years ago.


We are very sad to announce the death of Dr Soran Reader, who died peacefully at her home in Cambridge on 1st September, following a long period of illness. Soran joined the Philosophy Department at Durham as a Lecturer in 1993, having completed her PhD at Cambridge. She was promoted to Reader in 2007 and also became the founder and director of Durham’s Centre for Ethical Philosophy. Soran retired due to illness in June 2012, at which point she was awarded the title of Emeritus Reader. She is best known for her work in ethics, on topics such as need and patiency. Soran’s writings on need include the monograph Needs and Moral Necessity (Routledge, 2007) and the edited volume The Philosophy of Need (CUP, 2005). Her work on patiency is exemplified by her important article ‘The Other Side of  Agency’ (Philosophy, 2007). Despite undergoing treatment for a brain tumour in 2009, Soran continued to work on her philosophy until her retirement. Some of her more recent thoughts are brought together in the article ‘Ethical Necessities’ (Philosophy, 2011). Soran was a passionate, courageous philosopher, who was not afraid to confront difficult issues, particularly concerning feminism, pacifism and employment justice; she was and will continue to be an inspiration to many. Soran will be greatly missed by her former colleagues and her many friends. She leaves two daughters, Chloe and Mahalia. Our thoughts are with them during this difficult time.

Anyone wishing to post or to email messages of support to her family is welcome to contact Dawn Wilson (née Phillips) at dawn.wilson AT


Matthew Ratcliffe and Dawn Wilson

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