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Mat Coakley

Teaching Fellow in Philosophy and the Department's Senior Tutor 2018-19.

Office: S2.58

**Note in term three my Advice and Feedback hours may have to vary some weeks - they will always be updated here**

*In week 6 my regular A&F will not be on Wednesday but Monday (ie 27th May) 2-3pm drop-in, 3-4pm pre-booked slots*

Advice & Feedback: During term 3 normally Wednesdays 2-3pm (just turn up, no booking necessary), 3-4pm (specific slots booked by email at least 48 hours in advance). Any changes to A&F will always be posted on this page so please do check here before coming.

(There's no A&Fs in reading week)

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