My research focuses on both normative and positive questions of moral theory and political philosophy, with special attention to game theory and its philosophical applications. In addition, I work on questions in the philosophy of the social sciences, with particular focus on economics and political science. Among my current research projects is the application of agent-based models to analyze dynamic social processes such as norm enforcement and group deliberation.
Peter, Fabienne and Kai Spiekermann (forthcoming). "Rules, Norms, Commitments". In: Ian Jarvie and Jesus Zamora-Bonilla (Eds.). Handbook of Philosophy of Social Science. SAGE.
See also Bob Goodin's comment: Goodin, Robert (2008). Clubbish Goods. Politics, Philosophy & Economics 7(2).
Spiekermann, Kai (2009). What the Neighbours Think: State, Building, Esteem, Political Culture. In: Julia Raue and Patrick Sutter (eds.) Facets and Practices of State Building. Leiden and Boston: Martinus Nijhoff Publishers.
Good, Paul-Lukas, and Kai Spiekermann (2005). Liberalismus und Rechtsstaat: Thesen zu EMRK und europäischer Identität. In: Patrick Sutter and Ulrich Zelger (eds.) 30 Jahre EMRK-Beitritt der Schweiz: Erfahrungen und Perspektiven. Bern: Stämpfli.
A Clear Conscience on the Cheap: Carbon Offsets, the Undemandingness Problem and Motivational Robustness
(with Robert Goodin) Epistemic Aspects of Representative Government
Judgement Aggregation and Distributed Thinking
(with Andreas Warntjen). Dynamics and outcomes of complex negotiations: Insights from an agent-based model, presented at the General Conference of the European Consortium for Political Research, Pisa, September 2007
The Conditions of Esteem: A General Taxonomy
Recent Invited Talks
ECPR Joint Sessions 2009, Workshop "Empires of Law and Norms", 2009
Department of Philosophy, Durham, 2009
LSE Political Philosophy Seminar, London, 2008
Decision, Game Theory, and Logic Workshop, Amsterdam, 2008
Symposium on Distributed Cognition, University of Hertfordshire, 2008
Evolution of Cooperation Workshop, 2007, Australian National University, Canberra
LSE Choice Group, 2007, London School of Economics
Norms and Games: Realistic Moral Theory and the Dynamic Analysis of Cooperation. PhD thesis. London School of Economics. Accepted May 2008.
I am willing to supervise PhD projects related to my research interests.
See module website.
Elements of Scientific Method
UG Module in the summer term.
Evolution, Norms, and Cooperation
MA module for the spring term. More information available here.
Dr Kai P Spiekermann
Departmental PPE Convenor and Senior Tutor for PPE students
Office hour: by appointment
024 761 50 599