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Welcome

I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in Political Theory at LUISS Guido Carli Rome. Before joining LUISS, I was a Teaching Associate in Political Theory at MANCEPT, the University of Manchester.


I received my PhD in Political Theory from the University of Manchester in November 2019. I also hold an MA in Political Theory from the University of Manchester, and an MA in Philosophy from the University of Genoa.

I am mainly interested in moral and political philosophy, with special interests in the following areas: moral equality; respect and other evaluative attitudes; and, distributive justice.

My Academia page is here.

My Google Scholar page is here.

 

Research

Current Research: The Basis of Moral Equality

My current research examines the question of the basis of moral equality, namely, the question of what reasons, if any, we have to maintain that a specific range of beings (e.g., human beings and nonhuman animals) are moral equals and, therefore, have equal fundamental rights. In a series of articles, I have analysed different aspects of this debate, such as: What is the most promising approach to the question of basis of moral equality? What kind of account of moral status should liberal theories of justice rest upon? Are adults and children one another’s moral equals? 
Furthermore, I have developed an account of the basis of persons’ moral equality, and put forward a novel defence of children’s equal moral status. 
Most recently, I have been working on the question of intergenerational moral equality, that is, the question of whether present generations and future generations have equal moral status.

Future Research: Vulnerability to Social Exclusion

Building on my research on the justification of moral equality, my next project turns to the question of what society owes to individual members to be treated as moral equals by analysing a type of asymmetrical and alienating social condition, which has not received much attention in the analytical political philosophy literature, namely: vulnerability to social exclusion. Specifically, I will provide an analytically rigorous account of vulnerability to social exclusion which (i) defines what vulnerability to social exclusion exactly is, (ii) explains when and why it is wrong, and (ii) identifies the public policies that are best suited to lessen and ameliorate the conditions of those persons who are vulnerable to be socially excluded.
The overall aim of this project, then, is to elaborate a theory of vulnerability to social exclusion that determines the rights that those persons who are vulnerable to be excluded from society have qua moral equals, and work out the institutional responses that society should adopt in order to address the issue of vulnerability to social exclusion.

 

Publications

Journal Articles

(2021) “A Pluralist Account of the Basis of Moral Status”, Philosophical Studies17, pp. 1859 - 1877

[Pre-print] [Published version]

(2020) “Two Concerns about the Rejection of Social Cruelty as the Basis of Moral Equality” (with a reply by Prof. Andrea Sangiovanni), European Journal of Political Theory, 19(3), pp. 408-416 

[Pre-print] [Published version]


(2019) “On the Basis of Moral Equality: A Rejection of the Relation-First Approach”, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 22(1), pp. 237-250 

[Pre-print] [Published version]

Book Reviews

(2018) Review of Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Luck Egalitarianism, London: Bloomsbury 2016, Journal of Moral Philosophy, 15(4), pp. 487-490.

Work under review/in progress (titles removed to facilitate blind review)

  • A paper on the basis of children's moral equality (under review)

  • A paper on respect and persons' moral equality (under review)

  • A paper on adults and children's moral equality (under review)​

  • A paper on capabilities and sufficientarianism (in progress)

 

Teaching

At Manchester, I taught on the following courses:


Jan 2020 – July 2020    Teaching Associate  for the module on “Introduction to Political Theory” (1st year course)

  • Delivered a lecture (> 300 students) and run weekly tutorials (90 students/10 tutorials)

  • Invited Lecture for the module “Governing in an Unjust World” (MA course: 40 students)

 

Sept 2019 – Jan 2020   Teaching Assistant for the module “Challenges for Democratic Politics” (2nd year course: 60 students/10 tutorials)  
 

Jan 2018 – June 2018   Teaching Assistant for the module “Introduction to Political Theory” (1st year course: 45 students/10 tutorials)            

Sept 2017 – Jan 2018   Teaching Assistant for the module “Ideals of Social Justice” (2nd year course: 45 students/10 tutorials)
               

 

Talks

Below are the academic events at which I will give, and have given, talks about my research.

9 - 11 June 2021 "The Basis of Children's Moral Equality", 11th Braga Meetings on Ethics and Political Philosophy, University of Minho [online].

8 – 11 Sept 2020    “When Respect Requires Moral Inequality”, MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory, University of Manchester [online].


10 – 12 July 2020    “The Basis of Children’s Moral Equality” the 94th Joint Session of the Mind Association and the Aristotelian Society, University of Kent [online].


8 May 2020    “The Basis of Children’s Moral Equality”, MANCEPT PhD Seminars, University of Manchester [online].

13-15 June 2019    “Respect for Persons and Moral (In)Equality”, 10th Braga Meetings on Ethics and Political Philosophy, University of Minho.


8-9 April 2019    “Respect for Persons and Moral (In)Equality”, IV Festival of Ideas, Pompeu Fabra University.


19-20 Sept 2018    “On Moral Equality: its Justification and its Costs”, 16th Pavia Graduate Conference in Political Philosophy, University of Pavia.


4-7 Sep 2018    “On Respect and Moral (In)Equality”, Philosophical Perspectives, the 13th Conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy, University of Eastern Piedmont. 


5-6 July 2018    “On the Basis of Moral Equality: a Rejection of the Relation-First Approach”, Workshop “Rights and Reciprocity” with Prof. Andrea Sangiovanni, TU Dresden.


7-9 June 2018    “On the Basis of Moral Equality: a Rejection of the Relation-First Approach”, McCoy Center for Ethics in Society Junior Scholars Workshop, Stanford University.


17 Feb 2018    “On the Basis of Moral Equality: a Rejection of the Relation-First Approach”, Warwick Graduate Conference in Legal and Political Theory, University of Warwick. 


11 Dec 2017    “On the Rejection of Social Cruelty as the Basis of Moral Equality”, MANCEPT Seminars, University of Manchester.


11 Sept 2017    “Two Bases of Moral Status: a Potentiality Account”, MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory, University of Manchester.


19 June 2017    “Two Bases of Moral Status: a Potentiality Account”, Brave New World, University of Manchester.


3 June 2017    “Two Bases of Moral Status: a Potentiality Account”, MANCEPT Internal Conference, University of Manchester.

 

Contact

You can get in touch with me at:

gfloris[at]luiss[dot]it

or, giacomofloris[at]gmail[dot]com