GEM PhD School

Globalisation, Europe & Multilateralism

Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate

Academic Degrees & Titles

Assistant Professor of Political Theory.  I joined Warwick in September 2010 from the University of Reading. Before that I was a lecturer at Manchester, a visiting scholar at Stanford and taught political philosophy at Christ Church, Oxford and the School of Public Policy, UCL. I studied PPE at New College, Oxford and completed my D.Phil in political theory at Nuffield College, Oxford.

Research Area(s)

Contemporary political philosophy, global justice, distributive justice, rights, egalitarianism, responsibility and luck, agency and free will, collective responsibility, jus post bellum, ideal and non-ideal theory 

Specific Research Interest(s)

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. 

Teaching(s)

PO301 Issues of Political Theory

Suggested Fields of Inquiry

Contemporary political philosophy, global justice, distributive justice, rights, egalitarianism, responsibility and luck, agency and free will, collective responsibility, jus post bellum, ideal and nonideal theory 

Overview of Publications

Book: 

(edited with Carl Knight) Responsibility and Distributive Justice, Oxford University Press, 2011 , 

Chapters: (with Carl Knight) 'Responsibility and Distributive Justice', 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']

Articles: 

'Holding People Responsible for What They Do Not Control', Politics, Philosophy & Economics 7 (2008): 355-77. 

'What's Ideal About Ideal Theory?', Social Theory and Practice 34 (2008): 319-40 

'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 

'Making Justice Sensitive to Responsibility', Political Studies 57 (2009): 237-59 

'On the Real World Duties Imposed on Us by Human Rights', Journal of Social Philosophy 40 (2009): 466-87 

Some working papers: 

'Harmful Choices: Scanlon and Voorhoeve on Substantive Responsibility', Journal of Moral Philosophy, forthcoming

(with Adam Swift) 'Ideal and Nonideal Theory', David Estlund (ed), The Oxford Handbook of Political Philosophy, Oxford University Press, forthcoming (please email me if you'd like to see a copy)

(with Alan Hamlin) ‘Theory, Ideal Theory and the Theory of Ideals’ (updated April 2011)

(with Kimberley Brownlee) ‘Trapped in an Experience Machine with a Famous Violinist: Thought Experiments in Normative Theory’ 

Some other items:

(with Kimberley Brownlee) ‘Introduction’, 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