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Academic work

Until last June I was a graduate student on the B.Phil at the University of Oxford. That's all over now, but here is a brief rundown on my published or otherwise respectable academic work.

My master's thesis was on the ethics of refugee policy, supervised by Professor David Miller. You can read the conclusion on the blog. It's broken into two parts: Part I is on refugeehood, with chapters on the refugee definition, the non-refoulement norm and residence rights; Part II is about the global refugee regime, with a chapter on how to determine each state's fair share of the collective burden to help refugees and a chapter on what we should do when some countries refuse to do their fair share. Get in touch if you have interests in refugees, immigration, global justice and human rights, and I'll happily share.

I previously worked on questions in value theory about the nature of goodness, what kinds of entities can be good, and what implications this has for ethical theory, especially consequentialism. This now all seems extremely boring to me, but I've published two papers in the area:
  • 'Who needs 'just plain' goodness: a reply to Almotahari and Hosein', in Philosophical Studies. (abstract)
    Openly readable here.
  • 'Consequentialism, Goodness, and States of Affairs', in The Journal of Value Inquiry. (abstract)
    Here, or in penultimate draft here.
My undergraduate dissertation was also on this topic; it features slightly different and extended versions of the arguments in 'Consequentialism, Goodness, and States of Affairs', as well as a discussion of T.M. Scanlon's buck-passing account of goodness. Please contact me if you'd like a copy.

Other papers I've written, but am not working on further - again, contact me for a copy:
  • 'The Illusory Problem of Collective Action' (abstract)
  • 'Kant, Imperfect Duties, and Cumulative Impact' (abstract)
  • 'Selective Debunking and the Modularity of Mind' (abstract)
  • 'Anti-Luminosity, Transparency and Subjectivism' (abstract)
  • 'Sidgwick, Intuitionism and Reflective Equilibrium' (abstract)