CHRISTOPHER MARSHALL

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Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method
London School of Economics and Political Science
Houghton Street, London, WC2A 2AE, U.K.
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ABOUT ME

I'm a philosophy PhD student and Graduate Teaching Assistant at the London School of Economics and Political Science. I work in moral and political philosophy. At the moment, my work concerns what justice and equality require in unjust and unequal situations (especially of individuals). If you'd like to know more, you can read a provisional summary of my PhD thesis here.

PHILOSOPHY

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DEGREES OF INJUSTICE

The actual world is unjustly unequal. Yet we don't normally think that individuals ought to do much about reducing injustice on their own when the state fails to do its part. Is this belief defensible? Read More.
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EQUALITY AND WORK

Realising an egalitarian society without sacrificing economic efficiency would require morally motivated occupational choices or coerced labour. Can either be part of an acceptable theory of justice? (In Progress)
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LEGITIMATE EXPECTATIONS

People might be morally entitled to what they have legally earned and been given, even when those entitlements are morally tainted by unjust laws. This could constrain the ways in which injustice can be rightfully reduced. (In Progress)
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HARM AND SELF-DEFENCE

Some ways of redistributing indivisible harm in self-defence are seemingly morally equivalent and others are seemingly inequivalent, even when they appear to differ only in terms of empirical facts. Why? Read a Draft.

SELECTED TALKS

9th Rocky Mountains Ethics Congress, Self-Defence and Moral Equivalence, Colorado (14/8/2016)

Society For Applied Philosophy Annual Conference, Self-Defence and Moral Equivalence, Belfast (2/7/2016)

20th Brave New World Graduate Conference, What Does Justice Demand of Individuals in an Unjust Society?, Manchester (20/6/16)

Meetings on Ethics and Political Philosophy VII, Self-Defence and Moral Equivalence, Braga (15/6/16)

Warwick Political and Legal Theory Conference, Why Equality Demands Occupational Fairness But Not Forced Labour (13/2/2016)

13th Pavia Graduate Conference in Political Philosophy, Why Equality Demands Occupational Fairness But Not Forced Labour (8/9/15)

London / Berkeley Graduate Conference, Self-Defence and Moral Equivalence, UC Berkeley (19/5/2015)

TEACHING

Picture Philosophy, Morals, and Politics (2015 to 2016)
A course in moral philosophy (including egalitarianism/prioritarianism, contractualism, the non-identity problem, and the trolley problem) and political philosophy (including John Rawls, Robert Nozick, and John Locke).

Picture Philosophy and Public Policy (2014 to 2015)
An applied ethics course. Topics included the fair distribution of healthcare resources, the ethics of risk, free speech, torture, climate change, affirmative action, and intellectual property rights.

Picture Reason, Knowledge, and Values: An Introduction to Philosophy (2013 to 2015)
An introductory course for first year undergraduate students. Topics included free will, the problem of evil, justification (foundationalism and coherentism, internalism and externalism), and an introduction to philosophy of science.

In 2016 I was given a commendation by the Philosophy department for excellent class teaching. I was nominated by students for LSE Student Union Teaching Awards in 2014 and 2016.