Professor Ben Colburn

  • Professor of Political Philosophy (Philosophy)

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

Philosophy

ORCID iDhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1416-1844

Research interests

Ben Colburn is Professor of Political Philosophy. He has worked at Glasgow since 2010, and was Head of Philosophy from 2017 to 2020. Before arriving in Cambridge 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 questions in this area, and also some topics in the theory of responsibility, including coercion, vicarious responsibility, and the role of responsibility in the autonomous life.

Ben has a further interest in exploring how foundational philosophical ideas (like autonomy and responsibility) can be put to use in policy and practice. He has a number of ongoing collaborative research projects along these lines, including work on refugee education, on end of life care, and on architecture and urban design.

Publications

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Jump to: 2020 | 2018 | 2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2008
Number of items: 18.

2020

Colburn, B. (2020) Autonomy, voluntariness, and assisted dying. Journal of Medical Ethics, 46(5), pp. 316-319. (doi: 10.1136/medethics-2019-105720) (PMID:31719156)

2018

Karyotis, G. , Colburn, B. , Doyle, L. , Hermannsson, K. , Mulvey, G. and Skleparis, D. (2018) Building a New Life in Britain: The Skills, Experiences and Aspirations of Young Syrian Refugees. Project Report. Policy Scotland, Glasgow.

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) (PMID:28261674) (PMCID:PMC5336190)

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 Oct 25 19:28:46 2020 GMT.
Number of items: 18.

Articles

Colburn, B. (2020) Autonomy, voluntariness, and assisted dying. Journal of Medical Ethics, 46(5), pp. 316-319. (doi: 10.1136/medethics-2019-105720) (PMID:31719156)

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) (PMID:28261674) (PMCID:PMC5336190)

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

Research Reports or Papers

Karyotis, G. , Colburn, B. , Doyle, L. , Hermannsson, K. , Mulvey, G. and Skleparis, D. (2018) Building a New Life in Britain: The Skills, Experiences and Aspirations of Young Syrian Refugees. Project Report. Policy Scotland, Glasgow.

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Supervision

Ben has supervised students working within political philosophy, ethics, and nearby fields. Specific topics have included neutrality, the philosophy of education, egalitarianism, multiculturalism, political economy, decision theory, and applied ethics.

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

Current PhD students:

  • Armstrong, Luke
    Autonomy in Political Liberalism: Does it rely on folk psychology?
  • Latkovskis, Imants
    Perfectionism, Paternalism, and Capabilities: Reassessing the Role of Liberalism Within the Capability Approach
  • Philipp Dapprich: The philosophical basis of a socialist planned economy
  • Maria Pia Mendez: Self-authorship in the political sphere: Collective self-government and autonomy

Completed PhD students:

  • Carole Baillie (2015) Revealing the Multiculturalist's Illusion: A Liberal Critique
  • James Humphries (2016) Authority, Autonomy and Anarchy
  • Catherine Robb (2017) The Nature and Value of Talent
  • Patrick Kaczmarek (2017) A Fairness Based Astronomical Waste Argument
  • Frodo Podschwadek (2018) Rawlsian Liberalism and Public Education
  • Ewan Burns (2020) Conservatism: towards a traditionalist moral and political epistemology

Teaching

Ben is on sabbatical leave in 2020-21. He usually teaches a combination of courses in ethics, political philosophy and the history of philosophy.

Additional information

Ben is Secretary of the Analysis Trust, and sits on the executive committee of the Mind Association and the editorial board of The Philosophical Quarterly. He is a member of the Glasgow End of Life Studies Group, of the Glasgow Law and Philosophy Network, and the Cross-Party Group on End of Life Choices at the Scottish Parliament.