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Patrick Tomlin

Contact: patrick dot tomlin at warwick dot ac dot uk

I work in moral, political, and legal philosophy, and am the Director of the BA in Politics, Philosophy, and Law.

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. In particular, I am currently working on topics concerning aggregation, intentional and merely foreseen harm, and proportionality in the ethics of war and self-defence.

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 Oxford with Nina and our two small children.

PPL

I am the Director of the new PPL (Politics, Philosophy, and Law) degree. I think this is a wonderful new addition to Warwick’s offering of interdisciplinary degrees, and I look forward to welcoming our first cohort of students in September 2018.

Selected Publications

  • Patrick Tomlin, ‘Subjective Proportionality’ in Ethics (forthcoming).
  • Patrick Tomlin, ‘On Limited Aggregation’ in Philosophy & Public Affairs 45.3 (2017): 232-260.
  • Patrick Tomlin, ‘Innocence Lost: A Problem for Punishment as Duty’ in Law and Philosophy 36.3 (2017): 225-254.
  • Christian Barry and Patrick Tomlin, ‘Moral Uncertainty and Permissibility: Evaluating Option Sets’ in Canadian Journal of Philosophy 46.6 (2016): 898-923.
  • Patrick Tomlin, ‘Should Kids Pay Their Own Way?’ in Political Studies 63.3 (2015): 663-678.
  • Patrick Tomlin, ‘Retributivists! The Harm Principle is not for you!’ in Ethics 124.2 (2014): 272-298
    • Winner: Berger Memorial Prize, American Philosophical Association, 2017
  • Patrick Tomlin, ‘Time and Retribution’ in Law and Philosophy 33.5 (2014): 655-682.
  • Patrick Tomlin, ‘Extending the Golden Thread? Criminalisation and the presumption of innocence’ in Journal of Political Philosophy 21.1 (2013): 44-66.
  • Patrick Tomlin, ‘Internal Doubts about Cohen’s Rescue of Justice’ in Journal of Political Philosophy 18.2 (2010): 228-247

Patrick Tomlin

Photo Credit: Stefanie Wetzel/Forschungskolleg Humanwissenschaften