(BA, MPhil, DPhil)
I joined Oxford in September 2012 from Warwick where I was Associate Professor of Political Theory. Before that I was Lecturer in Political Theory at Reading, Lecturer in Political Philosophy at Manchester and a Barbara McCoy Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University.
I am mostly interested in the problem of what people owe to each other as a matter of domestic, global and historical (post war) justice. I am also interested in the debate about ideal and nonideal theory: the problem of how to make theories of justice relevant to urgent, real world problems while avoiding ad hoc theorizing and defeatism.
Research keywords: contemporary political philosophy, global justice, distributive justice, historical injustice, egalitarianism, responsibility and luck, collective responsibility, jus post bellum, ideal and nonideal theory
Undergraduate: tutorials in Political Theory (Prelims and the core Honours paper) and further optional history of political theory papers.
Graduate: optional M.Phil Mitigating Historical Injustice class; core M.Phil/M.Sc Reasoning in Political Philosophy class; core M.Phil/M.Sc Political Theory Methods and Approaches class (with Ashwini Vasanthakumar); Graduate Political Theory Seminar (with Cecile Fabre).
Responsibility and Distributive Justice (edited with Carl Knight), Oxford University Press, 2011
Articles and chapters:
'Feasibility: Individual and Collective', Social Philosophy & Policy 33 (2016), forthcoming
‘The Duty To Do More Than One’s Fair Share’, CRISPP, forthcoming
‘Trapped in an Experience Machine with a Famous Violinist' (with Kimberley Brownlee), Adrian Blau (ed), Research Methods in Analytical Political Theory, Cambridge University Press, forthcoming
‘Nonideal Theory’ in Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Kimberly Brownlee and David Coady (eds), A Companion to Applied Philosophy, Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming
‘Rarely Harsh and Always Fair: Luck Egalitarianism and Unhealthy Choices’ in S. Matthew Liao and Collin O’Neil (eds), Current Controversies in Bioethics, Routledge, forthcoming
‘Dignified Morality’ (with Matthew Clayton), Jurisprudence 6 (2015): 309-326
'On Frank Knight's "Freedom as Fact and Criterion"' (with Ben Jackson), Ethics 125 (215): 552-554 [one of the short anniversary pieces]
'The Asymmetry Objection Rides Again: On the Nature and Significance of Justificatory Disagreement' (with Timothy Fowler), Journal of Applied Philosophy 32 (2015): 133-146
‘Can Moral Desert Qualify or Justify Human Rights?’, Rowan Cruft, S. Matthew Liao and Massimo Renzo (eds), Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights, Oxford University Press, 2015, 166-176
‘Financial Inclusion, Education and Human Rights’ (with Kimberley Brownlee), Tom Sorell and Luis Cabrera (eds), Microfinance, Rights and Global Justice Cambridge University Press, 2015, 47-62
'Sen's Modest Justice', Jurisprudence 5 (2014): 376-384
‘Rawls on Ideal and Nonideal Theory’ (with Adam Swift), Jon Mandle and David Reidy (eds), The Blackwell Companion to Rawls, Wiley-Blackwell, 2014, 112-127
'Rescuing Luck Egalitarianism from History', Journal of Social Philosophy 44 (2013): 402-419
'Harmful Choices: Scanlon and Voorhoeve on Substantive Responsibility', Journal of Moral Philosophy 10 (2013): 488-507
‘Luck Egalitarianism’, Gerald Gaus and Fred D'Agostino (eds),The Routledge Companion to Social and Political Philosophy, Routledge, 2012, 389-400
'Theory, Ideal Theory and the Theory of Ideals' (with Alan Hamlin), Political Studies Review 10 (2012): 48-62
‘Ideal and Nonideal Theory’ (with Adam Swift), David Estlund (ed), The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy, Oxford University Press, 2012, 373-89
‘Responsibility and Distributive Justice’ (with Carl Knight), Responsibility and Distributive Justice, Oxford University Press, 2011, 1-23
‘Responsibility and Respect’, Responsibility and Distributive Justice, Oxford University Press, 2011, 115-35 [but I wish I had called it 'Three Models of Responsibility Sensitive Egalitarianism']
‘On the Real World Duties Imposed on Us by Human Rights’, Journal of Social Philosophy 40 (2009): 466-87
‘Making Justice Sensitive to Responsibility’, Political Studies 57 (2009): 237-59
‘What’s Ideal About Ideal Theory?’,Social Theory and Practice 34 (2008): 319-40. Re-printed in Tom D. Campbell and Alejandra Mancilla (eds), Theories of Justice, Ashgate, 2012
‘Worth the Paper It's Written On: A Comment on Carole Pateman and Charles W. Mills's Contract and Domination’, Journal of Political Ideologies 13 (2008): 228-33
'Holding People Responsible for What They Do Not Control', Politics, Philosophy & Economics 7 (2008): 355-77
Some working papers:
'Justice and Legitimacy' (with Adam Swift)
'The Descendants: Changing Identity to Mitigate Injustice'
'The Duty to Remember'
Some other items:
‘A Little Town in Poland: on The Crime and The Silence by Anna Bikont', Times Literary Supplement, 15 April 2016
'Polin: A Wish to Be Remembered', Times Literary Supplement, 21 November 2014
'Dressing for History: on Warsaw Boy by Andrew Borowiec', Times Literary Supplement, 14 November 2014
'Introduction' (with Miriam Ronzoni), Symposium on G. A. Cohen's Socialism, Politics, Philosophy and Economics 13 (2014): 117-118
‘What Did the Poles Do? Jan T. Gross and the Understanding of a Nation’, Times Literary Supplement, 11 June 2012
‘Introduction’ (with Kimberley Brownlee), Symposium on Joseph Raz on Value, Reasons, and Respect, Ethics 120 (2010): 209-211
‘Ronald Dworkin’, in D. Brack and E. Randall (eds), Dictionary of Liberal Thought, Politico’s Publishing, 2007, 97-99
Director of the Centre for the Study of Social Justice
Political Theory Research Coordinator
Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy Subject co-Editor (Social and Political Philosophy)