Thomas Simpson

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I was educated at Cambridge (BA, 1999 - 2002; MPhil 2007 - 2008; PhD 2008 - 2012), and was a Research Fellow at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge (2012 - 2013) before taking up my post in Oxford. Between degrees I served as an officer with the Royal Marines Commandos. 

Edited volume

2017 The Philosophy of Trust, ed. P. Faulkner and T. Simpson. Oxford University Press


Recent articles

2019 Freedom and Trust: A Rejoinder to Lovett and Pettit. Philosophy and Public Affairs 47: 412-24
2018 Trust, Belief and the Second Personal. Australasian Journal of Philosophy 96: 447-59
2017 The Impossibility of Republican Freedom. Philosophy and Public Affairs 45: 27-53
2016 Just War and Robots' Killings (with V. Müller) Philosophical Quarterly 66: 302-22


The centre of my work is on trust, addressing both trust between individuals, and the social and political significance of a culture of trust. I have additional research interests in a variety of applied issues, ethical and political - especially war, technology, and their intersection; and academic freedom - and I am increasingly working on topics in political philosophy.

I co-teach 'Foundations', a core module on the Masters in Public Policy at the Blavatnik School of Government. This looks at the moral and political issues that are involved in policy-making.