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. She is currently a visiting lecturer at London School of Theology and Canterbury Christ Church University. She is also involved in various independently affiliated research projects and has been actively engaged in society memberships outside of the university. . 


Publications and Papers

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. 2018. 'Review: The Bloomsbury Companion to Contemporary Philosophy of Medicine'. Metapsychology Online. Available at:

Westin, A. 2018. 'Review: The Routledge Handbook to the Philosophy of Pain' Metapsychology Online. Available at:

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. 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. October 2016. 'Can Demons Create? Levinas’ Useless Suffering in Conversation with Tikkun Olam and Kierkegaard’. Paper 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. 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. 2016. 'Review: Addictions— A Social Psychological Perspective'. Metapsychology Online.  Available at:

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:

Westin, A. 2016. 'Cosmetic Surgery, Embodied Anxiety and the Tension of Self'. Beauty Demands Project Blog. Available at:

Westin, A. 2015. 'Beauty and Anxious Embodiment'. Paper presented at Beauty Demands Workshop, Warwick University, March 4, 2015.

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

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

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: 



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)



Society for Women in Philosophy UK (SWIP UK, member)

Society for the Study of Addiction UK (SSA, member)

Society for the Phenomenology of Religious Experience (SOPHERE)

Society for the Study of Christian Ethics (PG co-convener from 2013-2015, member since 2012)


Conferences Organised

  • Excessive Appetites: Stigma, Addiction and Relation

St. Mary's University, Twickenham, England

  • Creatures and the Ethics of Consumption

New College, Edinburgh University, Scotland

  • Autonomy and the Other

St. Mary’s University, Twickenham, England

  • Minority Concerns and Applied Ethics Forum

Cambridge University, Cambridge, England

  • Power and Authority in Christian Ethics

New College, Edinburgh University, Scotland

  • The Ethics of Forced Care and Patients with Anorexia Nervosa

Memorial University, Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada



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