Anna (BA, Dip Appl. Ethics, Mag., MA, PG Cert HE, PhD) has completed a PhD in the philosophy of addiction, engaging in the existential and phenomenological approach of Kierkegaard and Levinas at St. Mary’s University, London, under the supervision of Dr. Hannah Marije Altorf and Dr. Pia Matthews. Anna has published in places such as the Journal of Medical Ethics and the New Bioethics Journal, and has lectured at Richmond, The American University in London and St. Mary's University, Canterbury Christ Church University and London School of Theology. She is currently an Honorary Visiting Lecturer at University of Kent and Honorary Visiting Fellow at St. Mary’s University, Centre for the Study of Modern Slavery. She is also Director of The JAM Network UK, a creative anti-trafficking community, and involved in various independently affiliated research, activist and music projects. 


Publications and Papers


Westin, A. (to be published 2020) An Existential Phenomenology of Addiction. Bloomsbury.

Peer-Reviewed Articles

Khalili, H. & Westin, A. 2010. 'Current trends in private psychology practice in Newfoundland and Labrador'. Psychopsis. Presented at the American Psychology Association in Washington D.C., 2010.

Westin, A. 2018. 'Book Review: Hans Fink and Robert Stern (eds.) What is Ethically Demanded? K. E. Løgstrup's Philosophy of Moral Life'. In Studies in Christian Ethics. 31 (3), pgs. 329-332.

Westin, A. 2018. 'Despite Circumstance: The Principles of Medical Ethics and the Role of Hope'. In New Bioethics Journal. Available at:

Westin, A. 2018. 'Can Evil Create? Levinas in Conversation with Tikkun Olam and Kierkegaard'. In Scandinavian Jewish Studies. 29(1). Available at:

Westin, A. 2016. ’The Potentiality of A Healthy Self: Evaluating Progressively Empowered Internalisation and Diagnosis through the Lens of Existential Epistemology’. In The New Bioethics Journal. SAGE.

Westin, A. 2014. 'Are Evolving Human Rights Harmless? An Examination of English Legislation, Prostitution and its Effects on Relatedness'. In The New Bioethics Journal. SAGE.

Westin, A. 2013. 'The Harms of Prostitution: Critiquing Moen's Argument of No-Harm'. In Journal of Medical Ethics. Available at: medethics-2011-100367.

Whitaker, R., Westin. A & Pitt, D., 2013. ‘Creating a Balanced Framework of Rights and Responsibilities in HIV’. Tuke Institute NHS Consultation Document. Published Online First: 1 August 2013. Available at:

Papers Given

Westin, A. Sep 2019. ‘Kierkegaard’s Possibility in an Age of Environmental Anxiety’. Paper presented at Living in Uncertainty: Kierkegaard and Possibility. Senate House, University of London.

Westin, A. Jun 2019. ‘Embodied Trauma: Situating the Rupture in Ricoeur and Freud’. Paper presented at Ricoeur Reading Freud: Atelier Fonds Ricoeur, Institut Protestant de Théologie, Paris.

Westin, A. Jan 2019. ‘Situating Trauma: Lévinas and Ricoeur in Conversation with Contemporary Medicine’. Paper given at Centre for Philosophy of Religion, University of Roehampton, London.

Westin, A. Sep 2018. ‘Hopeful Resistance: Ethical Reconstructions of Justice Narratives through the Arts’. Paper given at CIAP 2018: Rethinking Resistance: The Ethics of Defiance, Opposition, and Struggle in an Age of Disenchantment, Canterbury Christ Church University.

Westin, A. Sep 2018. ‘Who am I? Language and Definition in Mental Illness’. Paper presented at Uniting Two Perspectives on Mental Illness: Philosophy and Linguistics. University of Essex.

Westin, A. Jun 2018. ‘A Phenomenology of Mental Illness’. Paper presented at La Symbolique du Mal: Atelier Fonds Ricoeur, Institut Protestant de Théologie, Paris.

Westin, A. Apr 2018. ‘Being Human, Being Love[d]’. Paper presented at London School of Theology Research Conference.

Westin, A. Jan 2018. ‘The Body in Pain: The Role of Poetic Revelation in Anorexia Nervosa’. Paper presented at Transfiguring Pain Poetically; Exploring the Liberating Potential of Artistic Creation, University of Copenhagen.

Westin, A. May 2017. 'Self and the Other: Addiction Discourses and the Problem of Perfection'. Paper presented at St. Mary's University Undergraduate and Postgraduate Conference ('Broadening the Discourse').

Westin, A. October 2016. ’Can Demons Create? Levinas’ Useless Suffering in Conversation with Tikkun Olam and Kierkegaard’. Paper to be presented at The Problem of Evil and Images of [In]Humanity, University of Copenhagen.

Westin, A. June 2016. ‘Dethroning the Anxious Ego: Western Christianity’s Search for Joyfully Embodied Living’. Paper presented at Christianity in Comparison conference, Cambridge University.

Westin, A. March 2015. 'Beauty and Anxious Embodiment'. Paper presented at Beauty Demands Workshop, Warwick University.

Westin, A. April 2014. ‘Economics and the Academia’. Paper presented at Society for the Study of Christian Ethics, New College, Edinburgh University.

Westin, A. May 2010. ’A House Divided: Understanding the Kierkegaardian Self and the Anorexic Patient’. Paper presented at the Memorial University Philosophy Society Lecture Series.

Reviews and Academic Blogs

Westin, A. 2017. ‘Review: Handbook of Children’s Rights’. Metapsychology Online. Available at: http://metapsychology.

Westin, A. 2017. 'Review: The Psychology of Good and Evil'. Metapsychology Online. Available at:

Westin, A. 2017. 'Review — Illness or Deviance? Drug Courts, Drug Treatment, and the Ambiguity of Addiction'. Metapsychology Online. Available at:

Westin, A. 2016. 'Review: Addictions— A Social Psychological Perspective'. Metapsychology Online. Available at: type=book&id=7722&cn=324.

Westin, A. 2016. 'Selfies, Faces and the Like-able Face from which We Live'. Beauty Demands Project Blog. Available at:

Westin, A. 2016. 'Review: Marc Lewis' The Biology of Desire'. Metapsychology Online. Available at: =book&id=7630&cn=324.

Westin, A. 2016. 'Cosmetic Surgery, Embodied Anxiety and the Tension of Self'. Beauty Demands Project Blog. Available at: cosmetic-surgery -embodied-anxietyand.html.

Westin, A. 2014. ‘Bioethics: The Basics. Review’. The New Bioethics. November 2014. Available at:


2013-2017       St. Mary's University, London         PhD in Philosophy and Ethics

                        Addict or Addicted? Levinas and Kierkegaard's Hopeful Existential Phenomenology of Addiction

 2014-2015     St. Mary's University, London         PGCert in Higher Education

                         Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2011-2013       St. Mary's University, London         MA in Bioethics and Medical Law

                        Concentration in Human Rights Theory and Virtue Ethics.  

2010-2011      Gothenburg University, Sweden     Mag. in Practical Philosophy

                        Concentration in Political Philosophy and Human Rights.

2009-2010     Memorial University, Canada         Dipl. of Applied Ethics

                        Concentration in Mental Health Ethics  

2006-2010     Memorial University, Canada         Bachelors of Arts

                        Major in Philosophy, Minor in Psychology


Non-university courses

UN B-Course in Human Rights, Gothenburg, Sweden (February 2011)

UN B-Course in Peace, Security and Disarmament, Stockholm, Sweden (April 2011)

Pilates Mat Instructor Accreditation

Introduction to Somatic Experiencing Training



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