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Patrick Tomlin

I am a Professor of Philosophy, with research and teaching interests in moral, political, and legal philosophy. I am also the Director of the Politics, Philosophy, and Law degree.

Contact

Email: patrick dot tomlin at warwick dot ac dot uk

Office Hours: In spring term 2022, I am on a research project and am not teaching and will not have regular office hours. Just send me an email to arrange an appointment.

Research

My research ranges over a variety of issues in moral, political, and legal philosophy. I have interests in distributive ethics, equality, criminal law and punishment, children and the family, the ethics of war and self-defence, and moral uncertainty. Recently I have been working on 'transferred malice' in the criminal law, issues of interpersonal aggregation in normative ethics, and proportionate violence in self-defence and war. I am writing a book on proportionality for Oxford University Press.

Biography

You can see my full CV here.

I joined Warwick in April 2018. Before that, I was at the University of Reading from 2012-2018. Prior to joining Reading, I was a PhD student and then Postdoctoral Researcher and Junior Research Fellow at Oxford. I also studied at Nottingham (undergraduate) and University College London (masters). Perhaps somewhat unusually, I have held academic jobs in three different types of academic department – politics, philosophy, and law. This is part of the reason I am excited to be leading Warwick’s new PPL degree.

I am originally from Northumberland. I now live in Oxfordshire with my partner and our two children.

PPL

I am the Director of the PPL (Politics, Philosophy, and Law) degree. We welcomed our first cohort in 2018-19, and each year since then the course, and community, has grown.

Teaching

I am not teaching as much as usual in 21-22.

In the past I have taught these modules —

  • PPL (year 1)
  • Applied Ethics (honours)
  • Topics in Moral and Political Philosophy (MA)

Selected Publications

For a full list of publications, see my CV here.

PAPERS

  • Patrick Tomlin, ‘Accidentally Killing on Purpose: Transferred Malice and Missing Victims,’ Law and Philosophy (forthcoming).
  • Patrick Tomlin, ‘The Impure Non-Identity Problem,’ in Jeff McMahan, Tim Campbell, James Goodrich, and Ketan Ramakrishnan eds., Ethics and Existence: The Legacy of Derek Parfit (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2022).
  • Patrick Tomlin, ‘Proportionality in War: Revising Revisionism,’ Ethics 131 (2020): 34-61.
  • Patrick Tomlin, 'Distributive Justice for Aggressors,' Law and Philosophy 39 (2020): 351-379.
  • Aart van Gils and Patrick Tomlin, ‘Relevance Rides Again? Aggregation and Local Relevance’ in Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, Volume 6 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020).
  • Patrick Tomlin, ‘Subjective Proportionality,’ Ethics 129.2 (2019): 254-283
  • Patrick Tomlin, ‘Saplings or Caterpillars? Trying to Understand Children’s Wellbeing,’ Journal of Applied Philosophy 35.S1 (2018): 29-46.
  • Patrick Tomlin, ‘On Limited Aggregation,’ Philosophy & Public Affairs 45.3 (2017): 232-260.
    • Honourable Mention in Gregory Kavka/UCI Prize in Political Philosophy, American Philosophical Association, 2020
  • Patrick Tomlin, ‘Innocence Lost: A Problem for Punishment as Duty,’ Law and Philosophy 36.3 (2017): 225-254.
  • Christian Barry and Patrick Tomlin, ‘Moral Uncertainty and Permissibility: Evaluating Option Sets,’ Canadian Journal of Philosophy 46.6 (2016): 898-923.
  • Patrick Tomlin, ‘Should Kids Pay Their Own Way?,’ Political Studies 63.3 (2015): 663-678.
  • Patrick Tomlin, ‘What is the Point of Egalitarian Social Relationships?’ in Alexander Kaufman ed., Distributive Justice and Access to Advantage: G.A. Cohen’s Egalitarianism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2015).
  • Patrick Tomlin, ‘Retributivists! The Harm Principle is not for you!,’ Ethics 124.2 (2014): 272-298
    • Winner of Berger Memorial Prize, American Philosophical Association, 2017
  • Patrick Tomlin, ‘Time and Retribution,’ Law and Philosophy 33.5 (2014): 655-682.
  • Patrick Tomlin, ‘Choices, Chance and Change: luck egalitarianism over time,’ Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 16.2 (2013): 393-407.
  • Patrick Tomlin, ‘Extending the Golden Thread? Criminalisation and the presumption of innocence,’ Journal of Political Philosophy 21.1 (2013): 44-66.
  • Patrick Tomlin, ‘On Fairness and Claims,’ Utilitas 24.2 (2012): 200-213.
  • Patrick Tomlin, ‘Internal Doubts about Cohen’s Rescue of Justice,’ Journal of Political Philosophy 18.2 (2010): 228-247

BOOKS

  • Catriona McKinnon, Robert Jubb, and Patrick Tomlin eds., Issues in Political Theory, 4th Edition (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2019).
  • Andrew Ashworth, Lucia Zedner, and Patrick Tomlin eds., Prevention and the Limits of the Criminal Law (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013).

Patrick Tomlin

Photo Credit: Stefanie Wetzel/Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften