Dr Carl Fox

Dr Carl Fox

Lecturer in Applied and Inter-disciplinary Ethics

+44 (0) 113 34 38990

Summary: Carl works on a wide range of topics, including moral and political obligation, political legitimacy, distributive justice, autonomy, paternalism, and media ethics.

Location: 169b Woodhouse Lane


Carl’s teaching primarily involves questions of justice and issues in applied ethics revolving around the themes of environmental ethics, healthcare ethics, and professional ethics.

His doctoral research is rooted in the social contract tradition and aims to build an account of the binding force of obligation that vindicates the significance of hypothetical consent and explains how our moral commitment to our political obligations can be voluntary, and why that should matter to us. Carl also has research interests in applied ethics, including paternalism and the role of the media in democratic societies.


In 2015/16 Carl is leading these modules from the centre's MA in Biomedical and Health Care Ethics (online and campus) and MA in Applied and Professional Ethics (online) programmes:


Before joining the Centre, Carl completed his PhD, entitled Party to the Hypothetical Contract: Obligation, Legitimacy, and Autonomy, at the University of Sheffield. He has an MA in Philosophy from Sheffield, an MA in Journalism from Dublin City University, a BA in Philosophy and Political Science from Trinity College Dublin, and a gold star from his mother. Before coming to England to return to philosophy, Carl worked as a sub-editor for Real-Time Editing and Design.


  • Political Authority, Practical Identity, and Binding Citizens International Journal of Philosophical Studies (2015) 23 (2) pp.168-186. (Winner of the Robert Papazian Annual Essay Prize on Themes from Ethics and Political Philosophy)
  • Public Reason, Objectivity, and Journalism in Liberal Democratic Societies Res Publica (2013) 19 (3) pp.257-273.
  • Book Review: O’Neill, M. & Williamson, T. (Eds.) Property-Owning Democracy: Rawls and Beyond Wiley-Blackwell, Malden, in the Journal of Moral Philosophy (2014) 11 (4) pp.543-546.