Nicholas Southwood

I am Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Centre for Moral Social and Political Theory, School of Philosophy, Australian National. I was previously Junior Research Fellow at Oxford University.

My research is primarily in moral and political philosophy but also engages with related issues in epistemology, philosophy of law and philosophy of social science. I am author of two monographs, Contractualism and the Foundations of Morality (Oxford University Press, 2010) and Explaining Norms (Oxford University Press, 2013) and many articles in journals including EthicsMindNoûs, and Philosophy & Public Affairs. My current research investigates the nature and proper role of feasibility in politics.

Three recently published works:

  • Southwood, Nicholas. Forthcoming. “The possibility of wildly unrealistic justice and the principle/proposal distinction,” Philosophical Studies, forthcoming.

  • Southwood, Nicholas. 2019. “Contractualism for us as we are,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, 99, 529-47.

  • Southwood, Nicholas. 2019. “Feasibility as a constraint on ‘ought all-things-considered’ but not on ‘ought as a matter of justice’?” Philosophical Quarterly, 69, 598-616.

Three frequently cited works:

  • Brennan, Geoffrey, Lina Eriksson, Robert E. Goodin and Nicholas Southwood. 2013. Explaining Norms. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Southwood, Nicholas. 2010. Contractualism and the Foundations of Morality. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

  • Southwood, Nicholas. 2008. “Vindicating the normativity of rationality,” Ethics, 119, 9-30.