Rob Lawlor

Rob Lawlor


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Summary: Normative and Applied Ethics; Climate Change Ethics; Exploitation; The Structure of Moral Theories; The Demandingness of Ethics.

Rob joined the Department in 2005 as part of the IDEA CETL. He completed his MPhil at King's College London in 2003, writing his thesis on moral luck and punishment, and completed his PhD entitled "Gradability in Ethics" at the University of Reading in 2005.

Rob is currently leading an AHRC funded project on climate change, ethics and responsibility

Research Interests

  • Normative and Applied Ethics
  • Exploitation
  • Climate Change
  • Demandingness of ethics (and gradability)
  • The Structure of Moral Theories (gradability and pro tanto considerations)
  • Gradability in Ethics

Selected Publications

  • Shades of Goodness: Gradability, Demandingness and the Structure of Moral Theories, (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

"Rob Lawlor's book is philosophically penetrating, innovative, well argued and well written. All students of consequentialism and deontology will have to read this book." - Brad Hooker.

"Rob Lawlor has produced an excellent book which should be of interest to anyone concerned with the nature of moral theories and the forms of explanation that they embody... This bare outline, though, does not convey what a splendidly rich source of ideas and arguments the book provides..." - Hugh Upton (Analysis)

  • "Organ sales needn't be exploitative (but it matters if they are)", Bioethics, Volume 25, issue 5, 2011.
  • "The Rejection of Scalar Consequentialism", Utilitas, volume 21, issue 1, 2009.
  • "Moral Theories in Teaching Applied Ethics", Journal of Medical Ethics 33: 370 - 372, June 2007.
  • "Luck, Evidence and War", Journal of Applied Philosophy, Vol. 23, No. 3, 2006. Also reprinted in War, Torture and Terrorism: Ethics and War in the 21st Century, (Blackwells, 2007).
  • "Taurek, Numbers and Probabilities", Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 9: 149-166, 2006.
  • "Hooker's Ideal Code and the Sacrifice Problem", Social Theory and Practice, 30, no. 4, 2004.

Downloadable versions of papers freely available via White Rose Research Online