Welcome

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I am Interim Professor for Practical Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Hamburg.

Prior to this, I was a Postdoctoral Researcher in Political Theory in the Department of Political Science at LUISS Guido Carli, Rome, and 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.

Email: giacomofloris[at]gmail[dot]com

 

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 - if anything - grounds the equal moral status of a specific range of beings (e.g., human beings and nonhuman animals), such that it is appropriate to consider and treat them as equals. In a series of articles, I have addressed different aspects of this issue, such as: What does it mean to be moral equals? What is the most promising approach to the question of the 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 also been working on the question of intergenerational moral equality, that is, the question of whether present persons and future persons have equal moral status.

Future Research: Vulnerability to Social Exclusion

Building on my research on the meaning and the justification of equality, my subsequent research agenda will turn to the question of what society owes to its individual members to be treated as equals by addressing a type of asymmetrical and alienating social condition, which has become even more salient following the recent outbreak of COVID-19, namely: vulnerability to social exclusion. Indeed, the COVID-19 pandemic has vividly exposed our shared vulnerability to isolation, serving as a reminder that marginalization and exclusion constitute significant obstacles to the achievement of a society in which everyone can fully participate and stand in relations of equality with each other. The aim of my project is to illustrate how these issues are profoundly related to a broader range of social and health problems, such as addiction and mental health, and thus develop an original and comprehensive liberal egalitarian theory of vulnerability to social exclusion. This theory will define the rights that marginalized individuals have to be fully included as equals in society, and work out the social arrangements that the state ought to put in place in order to ameliorate their social condition. 

 

Publications

Edited Books

Floris, G. and Kirby, N. (eds.) How Can We Be Equals? Moral Equality: its Meaning, Justification, and Scope. Oxford: Oxford University Press, under contract (2023).*

 

* Confirmed contributors are: Richard Arneson, Teresa Bejan, Ian Carter, Thomas Christiano, Giacomo Floris, Agnieszka Jaworska, Nikolas Kirby, Eva Kittay, Christopher Lebron, Kasper Lippert-Rasmussen, Anne Phillips, Andrea Sangiovanni, George Sher, Julie Tannenbaum, Jeremy Waldron, and Andrew Williams.

Journal Articles

Floris, G. "Are Adults and Children One Another's Moral Equals?", The Journal of Ethics, online first: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10892-021-09390-2

[Pre-print] [Published version]

Floris, G. "A Pluralist Account of the Basis of Moral Status", Philosophical Studies17, 2021, pp. 1859-1877.

[Open access]

Floris, G. "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), 2020, pp. 408-416. 

[Pre-print] [Published version]


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

[Open access]

Book Reviews

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

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

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

  • A paper on intergenerational moral inequality (under review)​
  • A paper on what it means to be moral equals (with Riccardo Spotorno) (under review)

  • A book chapter on the basis of children's moral equality (in Floris, G. and Kirby, N. (eds.) How Can We Be Equals? Moral Equality: its Meaning, Justification, and Scope) (under review) 

  • A book chapter on why equality matters (with Nikolas Kirby) (in Floris, G. and Kirby, N. (eds.) How Can We Be Equals? Moral Equality: its Meaning, Justification, and Scope) (in progress)

  • A paper on capabilities and sufficientarianism (in progress)

 

Teaching

 

University of Hamburg

  • Ideals of Social Justice (undergraduate) – instructor and course designer (2022) – (please email me for the syllabus).

  • Vulnerability in Moral and Political Philosophy (graduate) – instructor and course designer (2022) – (please email me for the syllabus).

  • Distributive Justice (graduate) – instructor and course designer (2022) – (please email me for the syllabus).

  • New Works in Moral and Political Philosophy (research colloquium – advanced graduate course) – instructor and course designer (2022) – (please email me for the syllabus).

 

University of Manchester

  • Introduction to Political Theory (undergraduate) – teaching associate (delivered lectures, and responsible for designing and leading discussion seminars and marking assignments) 2020.

  • Governing in an Unjust World (graduate) teaching associate (designed and delivered three lectures) 2020. 

  • Challenges for Democratic Politics (undergraduate) – teaching assistant (responsible for designing and leading discussion seminars and marking assignments) 2019.

  • Introduction to Political Theory (undergraduate) – teaching assistant (responsible for designing and leading discussion seminars and marking assignments) 2018.

  • Ideals of Social Justice (undergraduate) – teaching assistant (responsible for designing and leading discussion seminars and marking assignments) 2017. 

 

Talks

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

May 2022   "The Basis of Children’s Moral Equality", Politics and Philosophy Seminars, University of Genoa [online].


April 2022   "When Respect Requires Moral Inequality", American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Meeting, Vancouver (Canada).
 

Jan 2022   "Intergenerational Moral Inequality", Workshop on "Moral Equality at the Margins" [online].

Dec 2021  "What Does it Mean to Be Moral Equals? The Special Case of Children's Moral Status" (with Riccardo Spotorno), Work-in-progress workshop, Pompeu Fabra University [online].

Dec 2021  "Intergenerational Moral Inequality", Mercoledì filosofici del Maino, University of Pavia.

Sept 2021   "The Basis of Children’s Moral Equality", the 14th Conference of the Italian Society for Analytic Philosophy, Noto (Italy).


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

Sept 2020   "When Respect Requires Moral Inequality", MANCEPT Workshops in Political Theory, University of Manchester [online].

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].

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

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

April 2019   "Respect for Persons and Moral (In)Equality", IV Festival of Ideas, Pompeu Fabra University.

Sept 2018   "On Moral Equality: its Justification and its Costs", 16th Pavia Graduate Conference in Political Philosophy, University of Pavia.

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

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.

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.

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. 

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

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

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

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