Leverhulme Early Career Fellow, University College London
Resident at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:January - February 2012
Research topic at the Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften:»Tragic Choices: Responding to Injustice«
I am currently working on a project about how to respond to others’ wrongdoing. When not everyone does as they ought to, we can be faced with a dilemma. Either we risk making ourselves a victim of their injustice by struggling against it or we stand by whilst rights are violated. This dilemma is in a certain sense tragic. Moral loss may be unavoidable since someone must lose something they are entitled to. In negotiating that loss, questions of responsibility for the acts of others and urgency of particular moral demands will be crucial. We need to know when we are complicit in others’ wrongdoing, and what part of the burden putting things right that complicity means we have to bear. For example, how, if at all, are consumers in the developed world responsible for low and often falling standards of labour protection in the developing world? Whilst at the Institute, I will be particularly focusing on questions when we are wrongly involved in others’ failure to live up to morality’s demands. (Robert Jubb)
Funding of the stay:»Justitia Amplificata. Rethinking Justice − Applied and Global«
Scholarly profile of Robert Jubb Robert Jubb received his DPhil from the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Oxford with a thesis entitled »Contractualism and Agency – A Defence«.
Main areas of research:Political Philosophy; Contractualism as a method in political and moral philosophy; Methodological issues in political philosophy, including non-ideal theory; Social justice
- »Logical and Epistemic Foundationalism about Grounding: The Triviality of Facts and Principles«; Res Publica, 15 (4), 2009, pp. 337-353.
- »On the Significance of the Basic Structure: A Priori Baseline Views and Luck Egalitarianism«, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 14 (1), 2011, pp. 59-79.
- »Rawls and Rousseau: Amour-Propre and the Strains of Commitment«, Res Publica, 17 (3), 2011, pp. 245-260.
- »The Tragedy of Non-Ideal Theory«, European Journal of Political Theory, forthcoming.
- »No Country for Honest Men: Political Philosophers and Real Politics« (with Faik Kurtulmus), Political Studies, forthcoming.