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Mat Coakley

Teaching Fellow in Philosophy.

Office: S2.54

*** For students thinking about taking PH211 Ethics in Autumn 2020, there is a short video on the course here ***

Advice and Feedback hours:

During term time these will provisionally be Wednesdays 4-6pm. You can sign up, choose a slot window, and leave a number for me to call you on at the link here

For *personal tutor meetings*, if the above doesn't work (eg due to time zones or other commitments) pls just email - - I'll try to accommodate what's best for you, including how you'd prefer to have the meeting - so if you have poor phone reception we can use Teams etc, just let me know what works for you. Thank you.

Personal academic webpage here

Research Interests

I work in political philosophy and ethics, with interests in normative economics and epistemology. My PhD was from New York University and I've previously also taught at the LSE.

Selected publications


"Hempel, Grue and the Logical Empiricist Baseline". 2018, Erkenntnis 

"Motivation Ethics" (book), 2017 Bloomsbury Academic

"Classifying States: Instrumental rhetoric or a compelling normative theory?". 2017, Ethics and Global Politics. (with P. Maffettone)

"Interpersonal Comparisons of the Good: Epistemic not Impossible". 2016 Utilitas

“Markets on the Margin: Sweatshops” (chapter) in “Politics, Philosophy & Economics: The Key Readings” 2015 Oxford University Press, Eds Anomaly, Brennan, Munger, Sayre-McCord (with M Kates, based on Coakley & Kates 2013).

"The Ethical and Economic Case for Sweatshop Regulation" 2013, Journal of Business Ethics, (with M Kates).

"On the Value of Political Legitimacy" 2011, Politics, Philosophy & Economics