Rafe McGregor


Dr Rafe McGregor is Senior Lecturer in Criminology. His research is at the intersection of philosophy and criminology, with an initial focus on aesthetic education and a current focus on criminological fiction and ideologically-motivated harm. His teaching interests include the various criminological, sociological, and philosophical questions surrounding both ‘race’ and violence. Rafe was previously Lecturer in Criminology at Leeds Trinity University (2017-2018) and Associate Lecturer at the University of York’s Centre for Lifelong Learning (2011-2017). Prior to his postgraduate study, he served as a prison officer in HM Prison Service (2000-2010) and a police officer in the Durban City Police (1992-1998).


  • PhD in Philosophy, University of York, 2015
  • FHEA, Higher Education Academy, 2016


  • CRI2023 ‘Race’, Crime and Criminology
  • CRI 2222/4 Violence and Society
  • CRI 3020 Dissertation

Research Interests

  • Criminological Fiction
  • Ideologically-Motivated Harm
  • Aesthetic Education


  • McGregor, R. (forthcoming). A Criminology of Narrative Fiction. Bristol: Bristol University Press.
  • McGregor, R., Lewis, C., Matravers, D., Rizov, V., Simecek, K. & Vidmar, I. (forthcoming). Narrative Justice Symposium. Journal of Aesthetic Education.
  • McGregor, R. (forthcoming). Criminological Fiction: What is it Good For? Journal of Theoretical & Philosophical Criminology.
  • McGregor, R. (forthcoming). James Ellroy’s Critical Criminology: Crimes of the Powerful in the Underworld USA Trilogy, Critical Criminology: An International Journal, available at DOI: 10.1007/s10612-019-09459-3.
  • McGregor, R. & Park, M.S.A. (2019). Towards a Deconstructed Curriculum: Rethinking Higher Education in the Global North. Teaching in Higher Education Special Issue: Experts, knowledge and criticality in the age of ‘alternative facts’: re-examining the contribution of higher education, 24 (3), 332-345.
  • McGregor, R. (2018). Blindness and Double Vision in Richard III: Zamir on Shakespeare on Moral Philosophy. In: Bourne, C. & Bourne, E.C. (eds.), The Routledge Companion to Shakespeare and Philosophy. London: Routledge, 246-255.
  • McGregor, R. (2018). Narrative Justice. London: Rowman & Littlefield International.
  • McGregor, R. (2018). Cinematic Realism: A Defence from Plato to Gaut. British Journal of Aesthetics, 58 (3), 225-239.
  • McGregor, R. (2018). The Problem of Thick Representation. Contemporary Aesthetics, 16
  • McGregor, R. (2017). The Person of the Torturer: Secret Policemen in Fiction and Non-Fiction. Journal of Aesthetic Education, 51 (4), 44-59.
  • McGregor, R. (2017). The Ethical Value of Narrative Representation. Journal of Aesthetics and Phenomenology, 4 (1), 57-74.
  • McGregor, R (2016). The Value of Literature. London: Rowman & Littlefield International.
  • McGregor, R. (2016). Narrative Representation and Phenomenological Knowledge. Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 94 (2), 327-342.
  • McGregor, R. (2016). The Silence of the Night: Collaboration, Deceit, and Remorselessness. Orbis Litterarum, 71 (2), 163-184.
  • McGregor, R. (2015). Literary Thickness. British Journal of Aesthetics, 55 (3), 343-360.
  • McGregor, R. (2015). Making Sense of Moral Perception. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 18 (4), 745-758.
  • McGregor, R. (2015). Narrative Thickness. Estetika: The Central European Journal of Aesthetics, LII (1), 3-22.
  • McGregor, R. (2014). A Critique of the Value Interaction Debate. British Journal of Aesthetics, 54 (4), 449-466.
  • McGregor, R. (ed.) (2014). International Journal of Philosophical Studies Special Issue: Continental Engagement with Analytic Philosophy, 22 (3), 307-487.
  • McGregor, R. (2014). Poetic Thickness. British Journal of Aesthetics, 54 (1), 49-64.
  • McGregor, R. (2014). Cinematic Philosophy: Experiential Affirmation in Memento. The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, 72 (1), 57-66.
  • McGregor, R. (2013). A New/Old Ontology of Film. Film-Philosophy, 17 (1), 265-280.
  • McGregor, R. (2013). Moderate Autonomism Revisited. Ethical Perspectives Special Issue: Art and Morality, 20 (3), 403-426.
  • McGregor, R. (2012). Cinematic Realism Reconsidered. Polish Journal of Philosophy, VI (1), 57-68.
  • McGregor, R. & Sullivan-Bissett, E. (2012). Better No Longer To Be: The Harm of Continued Existence. South African Journal of Philosophy Special Issue: Contemporary Anti-Natalism, 31 (1), 55-68.
  • McGregor, R. (2012). The Problem of Cinematic Imagination. Contemporary Aesthetics, 10

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