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Samuel Bruce

Samuel Bruce

Research topic:
Political Reflection

Academic Profile

I am a DPhil (doctorate) student at St. Cross College, Oxford, and the Department of Poltics and International Relations, focusing on Political Philosophy. Before starting this doctorate project, I completed an MPhil in Political Theory at Oxford ('14 - '16), and a BA (Hons) in Liberal Arts and Sciences at University College Maastricht, and the Universtiy of California, Berkeley ('11 -'14). 

My current doctoral research is on political reflection. This involves investigating several questions at the intersection of political theory and moral psychology, including: What does reflection on political matters entail? Can effective reflection improve political decision-making? Is there a duty to reflect on political matters? If so, what is the source of this duty, to whom does it apply, and what is its content? How can institutions be designed to encourage effective reflection?

The project is supervised by Prof. Teresa Bejan, and is fully funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC). 

Teaching specialism, interests and experience

  • Contemporary Moral and Political Philosophy
  • Social Ontology
  • Early Modern History of Political Thought
  • Theory of Interpretation in Intellectual History
  • Philosophy of Mind and Language


AHRC Doctoral Studentship, University of Oxford 



  • BA Thesis: The Meaning of Meaning in Communitarian Political Philosophy. Supervisor: Dr. Teun J. Dekker
  • MPhil Thesis: What is the difference between a claim of justice and any other kind of moral claim? 

Published Work

  • Justifying Aid: Reconstructing and Evaluating Political Justifications for Development Aid Spending in

    Contemporary British Public Discourse. Published in Lifting the Fog: Exercises in Analytical Discourse

    Evaluation. Marble Research Papers, Volume V, 2013.

Conference Papers and Presentations

Reflection as a Political Practice in Arendt and Rawls (DPIR Political Theory Seminar, 2017)

What is the difference between a claim of justice and any other kind of moal claim? (Uehiro Centre, St. Cross Special Ethics Seminar, 2017)

St. Cross Workshop on Social Ontology (2015-16). Semiar Co-Convenor