Dr Gerald Lang

Dr Gerald Lang

Associate Professor of Philosophy

+44 (0)113 343 7307

Summary: Metaethics; Moral Psychology; Normative Ethics; and Applied Ethics; Political Philosophy.

Gerald Lang obtained a BSc degree in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Bristol, and spent his graduate years at the University of Oxford, where he was awarded the degrees of BPhil and DPhil. He held lectureships at Reading and Oxford, and a research fellowship at the IDEA CETL in Leeds, before taking up a lectureship in 2006.

He is currently working on luck and responsibility, and also various aspects of non-ideal theory (mainly war, terrorism, and self-defence), though he continues to be interested in certain aspects of practical reason.

Research Interests

  • Ethics, including metaethics, moral psychology, normative ethics, and applied ethics
  • Political Philosophy, particularly theories of justice 

Selected Publications

  • 'What Should Ivan Ilyich Be Rescued From?', Philosophy (2014)
  • 'Why Not Forfeiture?', in How We Fight: Ethics in War, edited by H. Frowe and G. Lang (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014)
  • 'Jobs, Institutions, and Beneficial Retirement', Ratio (2014)
  • 'In Defense of Batman: Reply to Bradley' (with Rob Lawlor), Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy (2013)
  • 'Invigilating Republican Liberty', The Philosophical Quarterly (2012)
  • 'Discrimination, Partial Concern, and Arbitrariness', in Luck, Value and Commitment: Themes from the Ethics of Bernard Williams, edited by U Heuer and G. Lang (Oxford: Oxford University Press) (2012)
  • 'Excuses for the Moral Equality of Combatants' Analysis (2011)
  • 'Luck Egalitarianism, Permissible Inequalities, and Moral Hazard', Journal of Moral Philosophy (2009)
  • 'The Right Kind of Solution to the Wrong Kind of Reason Problem', Utilitas (2008)
  • 'Luck Egalitarianism and the See-Saw Objection', American Philosophical Quarterly (2006)
  • 'Fairness in Life and Death Cases', Erkenntnis (2005)
  • 'The Rule-Following Considerations and Metaethics: Some False Moves', European Journal of Philosophy (2001)