Upcoming talks

‘Justice for Utilitarians’, at the XIIth Conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies, Rome, 5-7 July 2023.

Recent talks

‘Utilitarianism and Moral Constraints’, German Society for Utilitarian Studies, 16 March 2023.

‘Explaining moral constraints’, IRNEP conference, University of Reading, 30 September 2022.

‘Pattern-Based Reasons and Moral Constraints’, Practical Philosophy Research Seminar, University of Gothenburg, 23 March 2022.

Comments on Helen McCabe‘s book John Stuart Mill: Socialist, 20 May 2021.

Reasons to Prevent Disasters‘. Comments on ‘Rule-consequentialism, Disasters, Demandingness, and Arbitrary Distinctions’, by Fiona Woollard, at Rules to Live By: a conference in (online) honour of Brad Hooker, 24 April 2021.

‘Reformist Consequentialism’, University of Cardiff Philosophy seminar, 17 March 2021.

Symposium on my book Taking Utilitarianism Seriously and on a forthcoming book by Vuko Andrić, Institute of Philosophy, Erlangen, 8-9 October 2019.

‘Utilitarianism and Legitimacy’, at the XVth Conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), July 24-26, 2018.

‘Legitimacy as a Non-Normative Property’, workshop on legitimacy, University of East Anglia, 23-4 November 2017.

‘Knowing What is Good for You’, University of Nottingham, 8 February 2017.

‘Value and meaning in life’, Umeå University, 30 November 2016.

‘Rightness, Virtue, and Decisions’, presented at the XIVth Conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies, Lille Catholic University, 6-8 July 2016.

‘Idealising Forms of Utilitarianism’, session at the ISUS Summer School, Lille Catholic University, 4-5 July 2016.

‘Blame and error: some ethical distinctions’, presented at the symposium on Philosophy, Ergonomics and Applications in Complex Human Systems, University of Nottingham, 6th June 2016.

‘Well-being Subjectivism’, Open University, 9 September 2015.

‘Group Reasons in Uncooperative Contexts’, Equality and Cooperation project, University of Manchester, 27 January 2015.

‘Group Reasons in Uncooperative Contexts’, invited plenary presentation at Collective Intentionality IX, Indiana University, 10-13 September 2014.

‘Welfare Subjectivism, Valuing, and Desire’, presented at the XIIIth Conference of the International Society for Utilitarian Studies, Yokohama National University, 20-22 August 2014.

‘A Utilitarian Theory of Rights’, Nottingham Centre for Normative Political Theory, University of Nottingham, 13 May 2014.

‘Welfare Subjectivism, Valuing, and Desire’, Centre for Ethics, Law and Public Affairs, University of Warwick, 4 March 2014.

Public engagement

I have participated in Nottingham’s Philosophy in Primary Schools project. I also enjoy speaking at philosophy club meetings in local secondary schools, and would welcome invitations to do more of this.

For several years I was a member of the Ethics Committee of Helen and Douglas House, a fantastic hospice for children and young adults.