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Mathew Coakley

Teaching Fellow in Political Theory

Module Director for Issues in Political Theory

Senior Tutor for Politics, Philosophy & Economics

Room: E1.15
Advice and Feedback Hours:

*Note: Week 8, ie 20-24 November, there won't be a Thursday A&F and Tuesday's will be 1-2pm but with no need to pre-book an appointment, just turn up. Following weeks are as normal, see below.*

Normally: Tuesdays 12:30-13:30 (slots by appointment booked by email at least 24hrs in advance), Thursdays 2:30-3:30pm (no appointment necessary at all, just turn up).


I studied Social and Political Sciences at King's College Cambridge before doing an MA in War Studies at King's College, London and then a PhD in Political Theory at New York University. Prior to coming to PAIS I taught at the London School of Economics & Political Science. My primary areas of research are political theory and ethics, with interests in epistemology and the philosophy of economics.

I've published on the value of political legitimacy, the ethics of sweatshops, the problem of how to add up interests / make welfare comparisons, and a how to provide a resolution to one of the parardoxes of induction. My first book - "Motivation Ethics" (Bloomsbury 2017) - looks at the options for how to simultaneously morally evaluate both agents and the actions they undertake, and the impact institutions might have on such evaluations. Publications and the book overview can be found here.

Mathew Coakley