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Mathew Coakley

Teaching Fellow

The university's Senior Tutor for Politics, Philosophy & Economics

Module Director for Issues in Political Theory

Room: E1.15
Advice and Feedback Hours:

Term 3, ***week 1 A&F will be Weds 25th April not the Tuesday****, pre-booked slots (slots must be booked 48hours in advance 13:30-14:30), or just turn up slot 14:30-15:30 (no pre-booking necessary).

Normally: Tuesdays pre-booked slots (slots must be booked 48hours in advance 2-3pm), or just turn up slot 3-4pm (no pre-booking necessary).

Please note - because of teaching/examining/other commitments, some weeks these might change, any alterations will always be posted on this webpage in advance.


I studied Social and Political Sciences at King's College Cambridge before doing an MA in War Studies at King's College, London and then a PhD in Political Theory at New York University. Prior to coming to PAIS I taught at the London School of Economics & Political Science. My primary areas of research are political philosophy and ethics, with interests in epistemology and the philosophy of economics.

I've published on the value of political legitimacy, the ethics of sweatshops, the problem of how to add up interests / make welfare comparisons, and a how to provide a resolution to one of the parardoxes of induction. My first book - "Motivation Ethics" (Bloomsbury 2017) - looks at the options for how to simultaneously morally evaluate both agents and the actions they undertake, and the impact institutions might have on such evaluations. Publications and the book overview can be found here.

Mathew Coakley