Dr Ben Colburn
- Senior Lecturer (Philosophy)
telephone: 0141 330 4277
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.
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
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