Dr Emily McTernan
Lecturer in Political Theory and MA LPT Programme Director
Emily McTernan joined UCL in September 2013. Previously, she was a Fellow in Philosophy at the London School of Economics. Her PhD research at the University of Cambridge investigated how to incorporate considerations of individual responsibility into an egalitarian theory of justice.
Her current research focuses on three debates: the scope of justice and how it extends to choices made by individuals, especially in the sphere of work; the role of responsibility within an egalitarian theory of justice; and the relevance of empirical research to political philosophy. For more about this research, see here.
- ‘How to Make Citizens Behave: Social Psychology, Liberal Virtues, and Social Norms’, Journal of Political Philosophy, Online First: 19 June 2013. DOI: 10.1111/jopp.12015.
- ‘The Inegalitarian Ethos: Incentives, Respect, and Self-Respect’, Politics, Philosophy & Economics, 12 (1) (February 2013): 93-111. (Published Online First: 14 June 2012)
Selected works in progress
- ‘Solving the Problem of Moral Luck’
- ‘Why be a Responsibility-Sensitive Egalitarian: From Metaphysics to Practice’
- ‘On Racist Vans and dropping the ‘I-word’: How should we treat undocumented immigrants?’ (with Katy Wells)
- ‘You Built That: Pride, Moral Arbitrariness, and Self-Ownership’
- ‘On ‘Benefits Scroungers’ and Hardworking Taxpayers: Welfare, Responsibility, and Social Equality’
- Monograph, Equality, Responsibility, and Work