Dr Ben Colburn

  • Senior Lecturer (Philosophy)

telephone: 0141 330 4277
email: Ben.Colburn@glasgow.ac.uk

Research interests

Ben Colburn has worked at Glasgow since 2010. Before that, he studied and worked in Cambridge, receiving his PhD in 2008, and holding a research fellowship at Corpus Christi College from 2008 to 2010.

His main research interests are in political philosophy and ethics, with a particular interest in the nature and value of autonomy and its importance in liberal political philosophy.

He is currently writing on various topics in this area, including the nature of responsibility and its role in distributive justice; the moral foundations of the free market; and the conditions of independence and authenticity.

When possible, he also thinks about the philosophy of mathematics, the philosophy of education, and about philosophical issues in end of life care.

Supervision

Ben has supervised students working on various topics within political philosophy and ethics, including neutrality, the philosophy of education, egalitarianism, multiculturalism, and applied ethics.

He is happy to supervise doctoral work in most areas of political philosophy and philosophy of education, and in many areas of ethics; prospective students should drop him a line.

Completed PhD students:

  • Carole Baillie (graduated 2015) Revealing the Multiculturalist's Illusion: A Liberal Critique
  • James Humphries (submitted 2016) Authority, Autonomy and Anarchy

Current PhD students:

  • Patrick Kaczmarek (fourth year) The Future Ain't What It Used To Be: Public Reason and Existential Catastrophe
  • Frodo Podschwadek (third year) Rawlsian Liberalism and Public Education
  • Ewan Burns (second year) Conservatism: toward a traditionalist moral and political epistemology
  • Philipp Dapprich (first year) The philosophical basis of a socialist planned economy
  • Luke Armstrong (first year) Autonomy in Political Liberalism: does it rest on mistakes in folk psychology?

Ben is also secondary supervisor for:

  • Catherine Robb (fourth year) The Nature and Value of Talent
  • Daniel Abrahams (first year) How Satire Works
  • Maria Pia Mendez (first year) A Neo-Athenian Republicanism

Teaching

Ben is Senior Honours Convener for Philosophy.
Office hours: 2 - 3 pm, Mondays and Tuesdays, room 305, 69 Oakfield Avenue.

  • 1M: Mill on Liberty
  • 2M: Hume's Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion
  • SH3 Liberalism
  • MSc Political Philosophy B

Additional information

Ben is Secretary of the Analysis Trust, and a member of the executive committees of the Mind Association and the Scots Philosophical Association.

As a member of the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group, he regularly contributes to the End of Life Studies blog.

Publications

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Number of items: 16.

2017

Clark, D., Inbadas, H., Colburn, B., Forrest, C., Richards, N., Whitelaw, S., and Zaman, S. (2017) Interventions at the end of life – a taxonomy for ‘overlapping consensus’. Wellcome Open Research, 2, 7. (doi:10.12688/wellcomeopenres.10722.1)

2016

Colburn, B., and Lazenby, H. (2016) Hypothetical insurance and higher education. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 50(4), pp. 587-604. (doi:10.1111/1467-9752.12163)

2015

Colburn, B. (2015) Authenticity and the third-person perspective. In: Levey, G. (ed.) Authenticity, Autonomy and Multiculturalism. Series: Routledge studies in social and political thought. Routledge: New York. ISBN 9781138845213

Colburn, B., (Ed.) (2015) Methods in Ethics: The Virtual Issue of the Aristotelian Society 3. Series: Virtual Issue. The Aristotelian Society.

Colburn, B. (2015) Methods in ethics: Introduction. In: Methods in Ethics: The Virtual Issue of the Aristotelian Society 3. Series: Virtual Issue. The Aristotelian Society, pp. 19-23.

2014

Colburn, B. (2014) Disadvantage, Autononomy, and the Continuity Test. Journal of Applied Philosophy, 31(3), pp. 254-270. (doi:10.1111/japp.12060)

2013

Colburn, B. (2013) Autonomy and end of life decisions: a paradox. In: Räikkä, J. and Varelius, J. (eds.) Adaptation and Autonomy: Adaptive Preferences in Enhancing and Ending Life. Series: Studies in applied philosophy, epistemology and rational ethics (10). Springer: Berlin, Germany, pp. 69-80. ISBN 9783642383755 (doi:10.1007/978-3-642-38376-2_5)

2012

Colburn, B. (2012) Responsibility and school choice in education. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 46(2), pp. 207-222. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9752.2012.00848.x)

Colburn, B. (2012) Autonomy-minded anti-perfectionism: novel, intuitive, and sound. Journal of Philosophical Research, 37, pp. 233-241. (doi:10.5840/jpr20123711)

Colburn, B. (2012) In defence of comprehensive liberalism. Philosophy and Public Issues, 2, pp. 17-29.

2011

Colburn, B. (2011) Autonomy and adaptive preferences. Utilitas, 23(1), pp. 52-71. (doi:10.1017/S0953820810000440)

2010

Colburn, B. (2010) Anti-Perfectionisms and autonomy. Analysis, 70(2), pp. 247-256. (doi:10.1093/analys/anp171)

Colburn, B. (2010) Autonomy and Liberalism. Series: Routledge studies in contemporary philosophy, 19. Routledge. ISBN 9780415875967

2008

Colburn, B. (2008) Forbidden ways of life. Philosophical Quarterly, 58(233), pp. 618-629. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9213.2007.531.x)

Colburn, B. (2008) Debate: The Concept of Voluntariness. Journal of Political Philosophy, 16(1), pp. 101-111. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9760.2007.00272.x)

Kramer, M., Colburn, B., Hatzistavrou, A. and Grant, C., (Eds.) (2008) The legacy of H.L.A. Hart: legal, political, and moral philosophy. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199542895

This list was generated on Sun Mar 26 12:11:08 2017 BST.
Number of items: 16.

Articles

Clark, D., Inbadas, H., Colburn, B., Forrest, C., Richards, N., Whitelaw, S., and Zaman, S. (2017) Interventions at the end of life – a taxonomy for ‘overlapping consensus’. Wellcome Open Research, 2, 7. (doi:10.12688/wellcomeopenres.10722.1)

Colburn, B., and Lazenby, H. (2016) Hypothetical insurance and higher education. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 50(4), pp. 587-604. (doi:10.1111/1467-9752.12163)

Colburn, B. (2014) Disadvantage, Autononomy, and the Continuity Test. Journal of Applied Philosophy, 31(3), pp. 254-270. (doi:10.1111/japp.12060)

Colburn, B. (2012) Responsibility and school choice in education. Journal of Philosophy of Education, 46(2), pp. 207-222. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9752.2012.00848.x)

Colburn, B. (2012) Autonomy-minded anti-perfectionism: novel, intuitive, and sound. Journal of Philosophical Research, 37, pp. 233-241. (doi:10.5840/jpr20123711)

Colburn, B. (2012) In defence of comprehensive liberalism. Philosophy and Public Issues, 2, pp. 17-29.

Colburn, B. (2011) Autonomy and adaptive preferences. Utilitas, 23(1), pp. 52-71. (doi:10.1017/S0953820810000440)

Colburn, B. (2010) Anti-Perfectionisms and autonomy. Analysis, 70(2), pp. 247-256. (doi:10.1093/analys/anp171)

Colburn, B. (2008) Forbidden ways of life. Philosophical Quarterly, 58(233), pp. 618-629. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9213.2007.531.x)

Colburn, B. (2008) Debate: The Concept of Voluntariness. Journal of Political Philosophy, 16(1), pp. 101-111. (doi:10.1111/j.1467-9760.2007.00272.x)

Books

Colburn, B. (2010) Autonomy and Liberalism. Series: Routledge studies in contemporary philosophy, 19. Routledge. ISBN 9780415875967

Book Sections

Colburn, B. (2015) Authenticity and the third-person perspective. In: Levey, G. (ed.) Authenticity, Autonomy and Multiculturalism. Series: Routledge studies in social and political thought. Routledge: New York. ISBN 9781138845213

Colburn, B. (2015) Methods in ethics: Introduction. In: Methods in Ethics: The Virtual Issue of the Aristotelian Society 3. Series: Virtual Issue. The Aristotelian Society, pp. 19-23.

Colburn, B. (2013) Autonomy and end of life decisions: a paradox. In: Räikkä, J. and Varelius, J. (eds.) Adaptation and Autonomy: Adaptive Preferences in Enhancing and Ending Life. Series: Studies in applied philosophy, epistemology and rational ethics (10). Springer: Berlin, Germany, pp. 69-80. ISBN 9783642383755 (doi:10.1007/978-3-642-38376-2_5)

Edited Books

Colburn, B., (Ed.) (2015) Methods in Ethics: The Virtual Issue of the Aristotelian Society 3. Series: Virtual Issue. The Aristotelian Society.

Kramer, M., Colburn, B., Hatzistavrou, A. and Grant, C., (Eds.) (2008) The legacy of H.L.A. Hart: legal, political, and moral philosophy. Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780199542895

This list was generated on Sun Mar 26 12:11:08 2017 BST.