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Kimberley Brownlee


Department of Philosophy
University of Warwick


Current Project

Kimberley Brownlee is currently leading a Leverhulme Trust Research Project titled Investigating the Ethics and Politics of Sociability. Her newest book is Being Sure of Each Other (Oxford University Press 2020).


Curriculum Vitae


View Kimberley Brownlee's Publications on the University of Warwick Publication service.


Kimberley Brownlee, BA in Philosophy (First Class Hons), McGill; MPhil in Philosophy, Cambridge; DPhil in Philosophy, Oxford (Rhodes Scholar).

Kimberley Brownlee is a Professor of Philosophy. Her areas of expertise lie within moral, political, and legal philosophy. Before joining the University of Warwick in 2012, she was a Senior Lecturer in Moral and Political Philosophy at the University of Manchester. She has been a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair in the Philosophy Department at Vanderbilt University (2008); an HLA Hart Visiting Research Fellow at University College, Oxford (2009); a CEPPA Visiting Research Fellow in the Philosophy Department at St Andrews University (2009); a Visiting Scholar in the UCLA Law School (2012); a Warwick-Monash Visiting Fellow at Monash University (2015), and a Visiting Lecturer at Duke University (2016). She has received an AHRC Networks and Workshops Grant (2008), an AHRC Research Leave Award (2009), a Philip Leverhulme Prize (2012), an Independent Social Research Foundation fellowship (2014), and a Leverhulme Trust Research Project Grant (2017).

Kimberley is a member of the Executive Committee of the Aristotelian Society (2014-2017) and a former member of the Executive Committee of the British Philosophical Association (2012-2016). She is a member of the Editorial Board of Law and Philosophy, the Editorial Board of Criminal Law and Philosophy, and the Advisory Board of the Springer series in Ethics and Public Policy. From 2010-2012, she was a member of the Review Board for the International Encyclopedia of Ethics, published by Wiley (2013).

Kimberley is the author of Conscience and Conviction: The Case for Civil Disobedience, published by Oxford University Press (2012). She is also the co-editor the Blackwell Companion to Applied Philosophy (Wiley 2016), and co-editor of Disability and Disadvantage, published by Oxford University Press (2009). Her articles have appeared in Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Studies, Ethics, Law and Philosophy, Utilitas, Oxford Journal of Legal Studies, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Criminal Law and Philosophy, and Res Publica. She is the author of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on civil disobedience.

Her current work focuses on the ethics of sociability, social rights, human rights, and freedom of association. Her recent work focused on conscience and conscientious disobedience, ideals and virtue, philosophy of punishment, and restorative justice.

Research Projects

No Entry: The Evils of Social Deprivation ISRF Early Career Fellowship. Funded by: Independent Social Research Foundation, Project Start Date 01-01-2014 - Project End Date 29-02-2016

Legal and Moral Theory: Philip Leverhulme Prize Nomination 2012: Law Funded by: Leverhulme Trust, Project Start Date 01-09-2013 - Project End Date 31-08-2015

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