Media

Ethics Matters

Ethics Matters is a show about social and moral philosophy broadcast on the ABC in Australia, hosted by Dan Halliday. I am featured in two episodes.

The first, “Our Society” is about political philosophy and features interviews with me and Elizabeth Anderson. I defend the value of freedom and openness in liberal societies.

Ethics Matters-Episode 3 “Our Society”

The second, “Creating Borders” is about the ethics of international borders and migration. I am interviewed along with Christian Barry, Tony Coady, Serene Khader, and Jiewuh Song. 

Ethics Matters-Episode 10 “Creating Borders”

The Washington Post

In a piece hosted by the Volokh Conspiracy on the Washington Post, I wrote a piece defending the link between social contract theories and libertarianism of a certain sort, entitled, not surprisingly, “Libertarianism and Contractarianism.” 

This is an overview and extension of my paper “Social Contractarianism,” written for the Routledge Handbook of Libertarianism. In that paper, I argue that libertarians should be contractarians and that contractarianism helps solve two basic tensions in libertarian thought, between the defense of anarchy and limited government and the use of rights or consequentialism as a justification of social freedom.