ACADEMIC RESEARCH

This page details some of my current academic research interests and projects. A full list of my publications and presentations is available on my CV/Resume page. My non-academic projects are available under Professional Experiences.

Global Health Justice

One of the most pervasive forms of injustice in the world is in the realm of health, but philosophical accounts of global health justice in the literature remain sparse. My MPhil thesis contributes to this area, focusing on how we ought to identify agents with responsibility to remedy global health injustice.

 

In this area more generally, I am interested in the value of health (whether is has intrinsic or independent value) and the demands of health equity beyond borders (whether this is a distinct goal from justice or egalitarianism more generally)

Responding to Global Injustice

While there is often widespread agreement about the presence and 'badness' of global injustice, theories devoted to identifying the specific agents responsible for remedying particular injustices remain inadequate. They are either unprincipled (allocating responsibility on the wrong basis) or lack action-guidingness.

 

I am developing an account of remedial responsibility focused on agents' simultaneous capacities and incapacities, and capable of motivating coordinated collective action through a contractualist device. 

Methodological Debates in Moral/Political Philosophy

What is the point of moral and political philosophy? Should political philosophy be concerned about people's opinions about justice? Should feasibility limit the demandingness of moral prescriptions? Are normative principles dependent upon facts? I am interested in what role philosophy can play in the real world and the relationship between facts and principles. 

I have published a recent paper (Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy) on the topic of the 'real world' in philosophical theorising, as well as several other pieces in the mainstream media.

Race and Queerness in Liberal Egalitarianism

Bridging my interest in liberal egalitarianism and broader methodological debates, I hope to explore the scope of race and queerness within liberal egalitarianism in future work. For example, whether liberal egalitarianism can successfully accommodate the rights, interests, and lived experiences of minority groups. A related issue is whether (and how) analytic philosophy more generally can successfully respond to issues of race and queerness given the many critiques levelled against it for its blindness to race and queerness.

I have previously written on issues of gender in public health (Journal of Bioethical Inquiry) as well as how luck egalitarians should accommodate individual 'choice' and identity (Journal of Value Inquiry), but I hope to broaden the scope of this research in future work.