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Faculty of Humanities and Education

Department of History and Philosophy


Dr. Roxanne Burton

Dr. Roxanne Burton

Lecturer in Philosophy

Department: History


Roxanne Burton is a lecturer in Philosophy at The UWI, Cave Hill Campus. Her teaching and research areas include Philosophy of Education, Philosophy in Literature, Biomedical Ethics, Environmental Ethics, Philosophy of Sex and Love, African Diaspora Philosophy, and Caribbean Philosophy. Before joining the Cave Hill staff, she also taught Philosophy at the Mona Campus. Currently the coordinator of the Philosophy programme in the Department of History and Philosophy, she is one of the main organisers of the annual Cave Hill Philosophy Symposium (CHiPS), an internationally recognised conference. 


PhD Philosophy, The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus
BA Philosophy and Psychology, The University of the West Indies, Mona Campus
Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning, The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus

Research Areas

Afro-Caribbean and African Diaspora Philosophical Thought
Philosophy of Sex and Love
Philosophy and Gender
Social Philosophy
Applied Philosophy
Philosophy of Education
Main Research
Personal identity
Monogamy, sex and gender in the Caribbean

Teaching Areas

Biomedical Ethics
Environmental Ethics
Philosophy of Education
Introduction to Philosophy
Philosophy of Sex and Love
Philosophy and Gender
Critical Thinking
African Diaspora Philosophy
Caribbean Philosophy

Select Publications

“Negotiating Romantic Relationships in the Cell Phone Age: The Jamaican Context” (Co-authored with Michael Yee Shui) in Mary Harrod, Suzanne Leonard and Diane Negra eds Imagining 'We' in the Age of 'I': Romance and Social Bonding in Contemporary Culture. Routledge (forthcoming, 2021)
“The Body in Personal Identity Development”. JAI Bewaji and Doyin Aguoru eds  Identity Re-creation in Global African Encounters. Lanham, Maryland: Lexington Books (2019)
“Feminist Social Epistemologies and Caribbean Scholarship: Exploring a Potential Paradigm Shift” V. Eudine Barriteau ed Love and Power: Caribbean Discourses on Gender. Kingston: UWI Press. 2012, 41-53.
“Globalisation and Cultural Identity in Caribbean Society: The Jamaican Case”. Caribbean Journal of Philosophy 1.1 (2009)


Caribbean philosophy
African Philosophy
African Diaspora Philosophy
Biomedical Ethics
Environmental Ethics
Social and Political Philosophy
Personal Identity
Philosophy in Literature
Philosophy of Sex and Love