Dr Carl Knight
- Senior Lecturer in Political Theory (Politics)
I'm a political philosopher working on theories of distributive justice (egalitarianism, prioritarianism, sufficientarianism) and applied topics in distributive justice (global justice, climate change, healthcare, discrimination). I also have interests in methodological issues in political philosophy, especially concerning reflective equilibrium.
My articles have appeared in leading philosophy and political science outlets such as Philosophy and Public Affairs, Economics and Philosophy, the Journal of Moral Philosophy, Environmental Politics, and Review of International Studies. I'm the author of Luck Egalitarianism (Edinburgh University Press, 2009), editor of Responsibility and Distributive Justice (co-edited with Zofia Stemplowska, Oxford University Press, 2011), and am currently completing a second monograph on luck and fairness. You can see my Google Scholar profile here: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=Pl9ebbYAAAAJ&hl
Prior to my current position I was British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow and then Lecturer in Political Theory at Glasgow. I am a visiting fellow at Aarhus University.
- distributive justice
- global justice
- climate justice
- medical ethics
- methods in political philosophy
Knight, C. (2022) Enough is too much: the excessiveness objection to sufficientarianism. Economics and Philosophy, 38(2), pp. 275-299. (doi: 10.1017/S0266267121000171)
Knight, C. (2018) Equality of opportunity. In: Lippert-Rasmussen, K. (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of the Ethics of Discrimination. Series: Routledge handbooks in applied ethics. Routledge, pp. 140-150. ISBN 9781138928749
Knight, C. (2015) Abandoning the abandonment objection: luck egalitarian arguments for public insurance. Res Publica, 21(2), pp. 119-135. (doi: 10.1007/s11158-015-9273-2)
Knight, C. (2015) Luck egalitarianism and the history of political thought. In: Boisen, C. and Murray, M.C. (eds.) Distributive Justice Debates in the Political and Social Thought. Series: Routledge studies in social and political thought (105). Routledge: Abingdon. ISBN 9781138829763
Knight, C. (2014) Theories of distributive justice and post-apartheid South Africa. Politikon, 41(1), pp. 23-38. (doi: 10.1080/02589346.2014.885669)
I will consider PhD proposals within most areas of political theory and political philosophy, and especially welcome those that concern my research interests indicated above. My current PhD students are Jiwei Li, Jeremy Whitley, and Junting Ge.
- Li, Jiwei
The Idea of Meritocracy and How It Backfires
Politics 2A: History of Political Thought
Honours: Egalitarianism and its Critics
Honours: Global Distributive Justice