Personal profile

Research overview

Moral Philosophy (my areas of particular interest are the formulation of utiltiarianism; utilitarian and Kantian conceptions of impartiality and their implications for the demandingness of our obligations to those in need; and the possiblity of a pluralist intergration of Kantianism and utilitarianism).

Other expertise

Political Philosophy (my areas of particular interest are Kantian contractualism, human rights, and global justice)

Future research

My next main research project is to write a book entitled Utilitarianism and Partiality. I argue that the way utilitarianism has come to be formulated departs both from a credible conception of two of its central tenets, welfarism and impartiality, and from the more subtle way it was formulated by its original proponents. I suggest a more plausible formulation of utilitarianism, and argue that it can offer a compelling response to John Rawls's separateness of persons objection and Bernard Williams's integrity objection. This response avoids being ad hoc, because it is based on the main tenets of utilitarianism. I am currently preparing a book proposal for OUP.

Another future research project is to argue that on a more plausible formulation of utilitarianism it is not fundamentally incompatible with Kantianism, and to suggest a way of integrating the two moral theories within a pluralist framework.

I will also continue to work on severe poverty as a human rights violation.

Academic/Professional Qualification

MA, University of North Caroline, Chapel Hill, USA; DPhil, University of Oxford; American Philosophical Association

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 1 - No Poverty
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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