What I’m doing and have done

(Last updated: February 2017)

Overview

I work on moral and political philosophy, and teach in connected areas. I have other interests in Kant, the history of philosophy, and philosophical issues surrounding law and economics.

In my thesis, I argue that legitimacy – understood as the permission to rule – is based on the ability of ruling institutions to promote and achieve justice.

Areas of Specialisation: Political Philosophy, Moral Philosophy
Areas of Competence: Kant, Philosophy of Economics

Work
10.2015-9.2016
Stipendiary Lecturer
Merton College, Oxford
Moral and Political Philosophy
Academics
10.2012-2.2017
D.Phil. in Philosophy
University of Oxford
Thesis: A Rationalist Theory of Legitimacy
Passed without corrections
Examiners: David Miller and Laura Valentini
10.2010-6.2012
B.Phil. in Philosophy
University of Oxford
Graduated with distinction.
Thesis: Against Justificatory Liberalism
10.2006-4.2010
B.A. in Philosophy & Economics
Universität Bayreuth, Germany
Overall Grade: 1.1.
Publications
Political Anti-Intentionalism
Res Publica (2017), Online First.
Disjunctive Duties and Supererogatory Sets of Actions
Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplements 77 (2015), p. 67-86.
Talks
Is there an epistemic argument for political liberalism?
  • Research Seminar in Political Theory, Oxford (January 2016)
  • MANCEPT Workshop, Manchester (September 2016)
Governmental Intentions Don't Matter for Legitimacy
  • Oxford Graduate Philosophy Conference, Oxford (November 2014)
  • Pavia Graduate Conference in Political Theory, Pavia (September 2015)
Imperfect Duties and Supererogation
  • Royal Institute of Philosophy Annual Conference, ‘Supererogation’, Dublin (June 2014)
The Failure of Rights-Based Arguments for Voluntarism
  • Harvard Graduate Conference in Political Theory, Harvard (October 2013)
Public Justification Views of Legitimacy as an Unappealing Hybrid (varying titles)
  • Dissertation Workshop, Oxford (May 2013)
  • CRNAP Workshop, Oxford (June 2013)
  • Sciences Po Graduate Political Theory Conference, Paris (June 2014)
  • Association of Legal and Social Philosophy (ALSP) conference, ‘Injustice’, Leeds (July 2014)
Justificatory Liberalism’s Basic Problem
  • Ockham Society, Oxford (November 2012)
  • Political Theory Workshop, Oxford (January 2013)
Teaching

Example materials are here, student evaluations here.

Tutorials
2013/4, 2014/5
Moral and Political Philosophy
Faculty of Law, University of Oxford
2013/4, 2014/5
Moral Philosophy (prelims)
The Queen's College, Oxford
2014/5
Moral Philosophy (revision class)
St Catherine's, Oxford
2013/4
Political Theory
Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
With Marinella Capriati.
Seminars
12.2016
20th Century Libertarianism
Universität Bayreuth
1.2016
Moral Contractualism
Universität Bayreuth
With Annette Zimmermann.
1.2015
Modern Consequentialism
Universität Bayreuth
2013-2016
Advanced Introduction to Philosophy
Universität Bayreuth
12.2012
Democracy in Contemporary Political Philosophy
Universität Bayreuth
Lectures
2014
Philosophy of Economics
Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford
2013
Rights
Faculty of Philosophy, Oxford
With Marinella Capriati.
Thesis Supervision
2014/5
Bachelor's Thesis
Julian Ashwin (Hertford College, Oxford), The Philosophical Implications of Reflexivity in Economics
Teaching Assistance
2009/10
Introduction to Social and Political Philosophy
Universität Bayreuth
2009
Game and Decision Theory I
Universität Bayreuth
2008
Presentation and Writing Skills
Universität Bayreuth
2007/8
Introduction to Philosophy
Universität Bayreuth
Service
5.2015
Oxford Political Theory Graduate Conference
Co-Organiser
5.2014-10.2014
Population Ethics: Theory and Practice
Future of Humanity Institute, Oxford
Research Assistant
10.2013-2015
Value Seminar
Co-Organiser
1.2013-6.2015
Ockham Society
Co-Organiser / Lead Organiser
2.2012-11.2012
Oxford Philosophy Graduate Conference
Co-Organiser / Reviewer