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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:

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).

Note: Thursday of week 1 there's an informal PPE meet the senior tutor event in the common room 2-3pm thus A&F will start half an hour late.


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