Jonathan Wolff

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2016 - 2020 Blavatnik Professor of Public Policy, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford
2012 - 2016 Dean Faculty of Arts and Humanities
2000 - 2016 Professor
1997 - 2008 Head of Department
1996 Reader
1994 Senior Lecturer
1986 Lecturer in Philosophy, UCL
1985 - 1986 Harkness Fellow, Harvard University


Forthcoming ‘Musical Performance as a Route to Relational Autonomy and Social Equality’, in Autonomy and Equality: Relational Approaches ed Natalie Stoljar and Kristin Voigt.
Forthcoming ‘Family Fortunes’ (response to Daniel Halliday’s The Inheritance of Wealth) Law, Ethics and Philosophy
Forthcoming ‘Public Reflective Disequilibrium (response to Avner de-Shalit) Australasian Philosophical Review
Forthcoming ‘”Quality of Government”: Towards a Philosophy of Governance’, with Nikolas Kirby, in The Oxford Handbook of the Quality of Government, ed Marcia Grimes, Bo Rothstein, Monika Bauhr and Andreas Bågenholm
Forthcoming ‘Risk and the Regulation of New Technologies’ in Risk and New Technologies (Springer) 
Forthcoming ‘Social Exclusion and Capability Development’, The Cambridge Companion to the Capability Approach, ed M. Qizilbash et al
Forthcoming ‘Rules for Regulators’ in  John-Stewart Gordon ed. Smart Technologies and Human Rights (Brill) 
2020 Ethics and Public Policy: A Philosophical Inquiry (Routledge) 2nd Edition
2020 ‘The basis of European cooperation’, in Institutions in Action: The Nature and the Role of Institutions in the Real World Tiziana Andina, and Petar Bojanic, (Eds.) (Springer) 123-134.
2020 ‘Beyond Poverty’, in Dimensions of Poverty ed. Valentin Beck et al. Springer, pp. 23-39. Open Access
2020 ‘Fighting Risk With Risk: Solar Radiation Management, Regulatory Drift, and Minimal Justice’, for special edition on climate change ed. Catriona McKinnon and Stephen Gardiner Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 23:5, 564-583

‘Poverty’, Compass Vol 14, issue 12 

2019 ‘Equality and Hierarchy’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, pp. 1-23. 
2019 ‘Structures of Exploitation’, in The Philosophical Foundations of Labour Law, ed Hugh Collins, Gillian Lester, and Virginia Mantouvalou, OUP  pp. 175-187.
2019 ‘Poverty, Social Expectations and the Family’, Philosophy and Child Poverty: Reflections on the Ethics and Politics of Poor Children and their Families (ed Nicolas Brando and Gottfried Schweiger) Springer.

‘The Ethics of Anti-Poverty Policies’, in The Routledge Handbook of Ethics and Public Policy, ed Annabelle Lever and Andrei Poama (London: Routledge). pp 344-55

2018 ‘Method in Ethics and Public Policy: Applied Philosophy versus Engaged Philosophy, in The Routledge Handbook of Ethics and Public Policy, ed Annabelle Lever and Andrei Poama (London: Routledge)
2018 An Introduction to Moral Philosophy (W.W. Norton)
2018 Readings in Moral Philosophy (W.W. Norton)
2017 ‘Forms of Differential Social Inclusion’, Social Philosophy and Policy 34: 164-185.
2016 An Introduction to Political Philosophy (3rd Edn) Oxford: Oxford University Press.

‘Social Equality and Social Inequality’, in Social Equality: Essays on What It Means to be Equals eds. Carina Fourie, Fabian Schuppert, and Ivo Wallimann-Helmer, Oxford University Press, pp. 209-226. Wolff Social Equality and Social Inequality

2015 (With Ed Lamb and Eliana Zur-Szpiro) A Philosophical Review of Poverty, York: Joseph Rowntree Foundation


  • Political Philosophy 
  • Ethics 
  • Marxism 
  • Values 
  • Public Policy

Co-convenor of Foundations (political philosophy) module for the Blavatnik School of Government Master of Public Policy degree. Other forms of supervision and lecturing as requested.