Talks on radio; podcasts
'Is Inequality Bad?' Philosophy Bites. Link here.
'On Philippa Foot' (with Sarah Broadie). Link here.
'Can We Trust Our Moral Intuitions?' The Forum (BBC World Service). Link here.
I'm an Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at the LSE.
I am currently pursuing three projects:
1. Liberal Egalitarianism
I work on several questions that are central to liberal egalitarian theory:
2. The Economy of the Soul
I am interested in what psychology reveals to us about how we actually make decisions and what rational choice theory and moral reflection tell us about how we should make decisions.
3. Applied Philosophy: Meeting Needs Fairly.
I try to apply philosophical analysis to decisions on how to use limited resources to meet people's needs. To this end, I'm a member of the Priorities 2020 network for priority-setting in global health, the World Health Organisation's Consultative Group on Equity and Universal Health Coverage, and of Giving What We Can.
I also co-ordinate the M.Sc. in Economics and Philosophy at LSE.
I. Ethics and Intuitions
1. Frances Kamm
2. Peter Singer
Each of Us Is Just One Among Others
3. Daniel Kahneman
Can We Trust Our Intuitions?
II. Virtue and Flourishing
4. Philippa Foot
The Grammar of Goodness
5. Alasdair MacIntyre
The Illusion of Self-Sufficiency
III. Ethics and Evolution
6. Ken Binmore
The Origin of Fairness
7. Allan Gibbard
A Pragmatic Justification of Morality
IV. Unity and Dissent
8. T.M. Scanlon
The Kingdom of Ends on the Cheap
9. Bernard Williams
A Mistrustful Animal
V. Love and Morality
10. Harry Frankfurt
The Necessity of Love
11. David Velleman
Really Seeing Another
Counter-Composition VI by
Theo van Doesburgh (TATE modern)
Making fair choices on the path to universal health coverage: Final report of the WHO Consultative Group on Equity and Universal Health Coverage. With Ottersen T.,* Norheim O.F.,* Berhane F., Chitah B., Cookson R., Daniels N., Eyal N., Flores W., Gosseries A., Hausman D., Hurst S., Kapiriri L., Ord T., Reis A., Sadana R., Saenz C., Segall S., Sen G., Tan-Torres Edejer T., Wikler D., and Yamin A. (* = lead author). World Health Organization (forthcoming).
Journal articles and book chapters (English)
On the social and personal value of existence. With Marc Fleurbaey. In Iwao Hirose and Andrew Reisner (ed.) Weighing and Reasoning: A Festschrift for John Broome. Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
How Should We Aggregate Competing Claims? Ethics (forthcoming).
Vaulting Intuition: Temkin's Critique of Transitivity. (Critical Notice of Temkin's Rethinking the Good.) Economics and Philosophy, 29 (2013): 409-25.
Decide as You Would with Full Information! An Argument against ex ante Pareto. With Marc Fleurbaey. In Nir Eyal, Samia Hurst, Ole Norheim, and Dan Wikler (eds.), Inequalities in Health: Concepts, Measures, and Ethics. Oxford University Press (2013), pp. 113-128.
How Much Ambiguity Aversion? Finding Indifferences Between Ellsberg's Risky and Ambiguous Bets. With Ken Binmore and Lisa Stewart. Journal of Risk and Uncertainty 45 (2012): 215-38.
Egalitarianism and the Separateness of Persons. With Marc Fleurbaey. Utilitas 24 (2012): 381-98.
Inequalities in HIV Care: Chances versus Outcomes. With Nir Eyal. The American Journal of Bioethics 11 (12) (2011): 42-4.
Why It Matters that Some Are Worse Off Than Others: An Argument Against the Priority View. With Michael Otsuka. Philosophy & Public Affairs 37 (2009): 171-99.
Preference Change and Interpersonal Comparisons of Welfare. In Serena Olsaretti (ed.) Preferences and Well-Being. Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 59 (2006): 265-79.
Transitivity, the Sorites Paradox, and Similarity-Based Decision-Making. With Ken Binmore. Erkenntnis 64:1 (2006): 101-14.
Journal articles (Dutch)
Prioriteit voor patienten met een lagere levenskwaliteit. (Priority for patients who are worse off.) Filosofie & Praktijk (Philosophy & Practice) 31 (2010): 40-51.
Reviews and short contributions to books, journals, and magazines
Making Fair Choices on the Path to Universal Health Coverage (Editorial). With Ottersen T.,* Norheim O.F.,* Berhane F., Chitah B., Cookson R., Daniels N., Eyal N., Flores W., Gosseries A., Hausman D., Hurst S., Kapiriri L., Ord T., Reis A., Sadana R., Saenz C., Segall S., Sen G., Tan-Torres Edejer T., Wikler D., and Yamin A. (* = lead author). Bulletin of the World Health Organization (forthcoming).
Review of Well-Being and Fair Distribution: Beyond Cost-Benefit Analysis by Matthew W. Adler. Social Choice and Welfare 42:1 (2014): 245-54.
Philippa Foot. The Philosophers' Magazine 52 (2011): 9.
(In Russian) Can We Trust Our Intuitions? Esquire Russia 56 (2010): 48-54. [A translation by Ivan Bogantsev of an excerpt of chapter 3 of Conversations on Ethics.]
(In Russian) Peter Singer Interviewed. Esquire Russia 52 (2010): 82-9. [A translation by Ivan Bogantsev of an excerpt of chapter 2 of Conversations on Ethics.]
Mill and Barry on the Foundations of Liberal Rights. Published in a shortened version as 'The Limits of Autonomy'. The Philosophers' Magazine 46 (2009): 78-82.
Review of Pursuing Equal Opportunities: The Theory and Practice of Egalitarian Justice by Lesley A. Jacobs. Economics and Philosophy 21 (2005): 155-61.
Harry Frankfurt on the Necessity of Love. Philosophical Writings 23 (2003): 55-70. [A revised version appears in Conversations on Ethics.]
The House that Jack Built. The Philosophers' Magazine 22 (2003): 28-31.
The Grammar of Goodness. An Interview with Philippa Foot. The Harvard Review of Philosophy XI (2003): 32-44. [A revised version appears in Conversations on Ethics.]
Mandeville. The Philosophers' Magazine 20 (2002): 53.
2013-15: STICERD grant for 'Ambiguity Aversion, the Hurwicz Criterion, and the Principle of Insufficient Reason' (with Ken Binmore). GBP 7,200.
2013:15 AHRC grant (co-investigator, lead investigator is Richard Bradley) on 'Managing Severe Uncertainty'. GBP 725,000.
2012-13: Laurance S. Rockefeller Fellowship at the Center for Human Values, Princeton University. USD 55,000.
2009-10: ELSE grant for a follow-up to 'An Experimental Test of the Hurwicz Criterion for Decision-Making Under Uncertainty' (with Ken Binmore). GBP 3,000.
2008-09: STICERD grant for the proposal 'An Experimental Test of the Hurwicz Criterion for Decision-Making Under Uncertainty' (with Ken Binmore). GBP 4,657.
2008-09: Faculty Fellowship at the Center for Ethics, Harvard University. USD 50,000.
2006-08: British Academy Small Research Grant for the proposal 'Rational Choice Theory and Moral Decision-Making' (with Ken Binmore). GBP 6,700.
Since arriving at LSE, I have taught (part of) the following courses:
PH 103 Reason, Knowledge and Values
PH 211 Philosophy of Economics
PH 214 Morality and Values
PH 222 Philosophy and Public Policy
PH 416 Philosophy, Morals, and Politics (M.Sc. Seminar)
PH 413 Philosophy of Economics (M.Sc. Seminar)
PH 415 Philosophy and Public Policy (M.Sc. Seminar)
'Making Fair Choices on the Path to Universal Health Coverage,' LSE, May 1, 2014.
The Auguste Comte Memorial Lectures, LSE, 2006-present.
'What Are the Core Social-Democratic Values?', LSE, June 19, 2013.
'The Economy of the Soul: Rational Choice and Moral Decision-Making,' LSE, November 21-22, 2008.
'The Power of Religion in Society', (with Tijs Broeke), LSE, January 24, 2008.
Seminar in Philosophy and Public Policy, LSE, 2004-08. (With Luc Bovens.)
Workshop in Philosophy, Economics, and Public Policy, ECAP5, Lisbon August 27-31 2005. (With Luc Bovens and Geoffrey Brennan.)
Post-graduate diploma in Financial and Economic Policy from the Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR), 1999.
M.A. in Philosophy, EUR, 1999.
M.Sc. in Economics, EUR, 1997.
Dr. Vincent Guillin: Auguste Comte and John Stuart Mill on Sexual Equality, 2006.
Dr. Michael Moehler: A Theory of Minimal Morality, 2007.
Dr. Katherine F. King: Considering Kids: The Nature of Children's Claims to Justice, 2010.
Dr. Alice Obrecht: Getting It Right: An Account of the Moral Agency of NGOs, 2011.
Dr. Ittay Nissan: Doing the Best One Can, 2011.
Dr. Harald Schmidt: Just Health Responsibility (primary supervision in the Department of Social Policy), 2012.
Dr. Esha Senchaudhuri: A Critique of Pure Public Reason, 2012.
Susanne Burri (on rights against harm and moral status, in progress).