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Seth Lazar

Phone: x58995
Location: Rm 1107

Seth Lazar has published on a wide range of topics in political philosophy, practical ethics, and normative ethics. He has written on corrective justice, the nature of rights, associative duties, the ethics of war and self-defence, the ethics of risk, and moral decision-making under uncertainty. He has a monograph with OUP, Sparing Civilians, due out in 2015, as well as articles in Ethics (2009, 2015), Philosophy & Public Affairs (2010, 2012), and other leading moral and political philosophy journals. He edited The Morality of Defensive War, OUP 2014, and is editor of The Oxford Handbook of Ethics and War, due out 2016. In 2011 he was awarded the American Philosophical Association's Frank Chapman Sharp Prize, for the best unpublished monograph on the philosophy of war and peace. He is a Global Ethics Fellow of the Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs, has written op-eds for Boston Review, and recorded interviews with leading philosophy podcasts such as Public Ethics Radio, and Philosophy Bites. He convenes the School of Philosophy's Moral, Social and Political Theory Seminar, and is a founder member of the Centre for Moral, Social and Political Theory. In 2013, he was awarded a $366,000 DECRA grant, by the ARC.

He is interested in, and can supervise Honours or PhD dissertations in, all areas of normative ethics, practical ethics, and political philosophy. For more on his work see

 His photographs have also won prizes; for his pictures of Oxford see, and for his travel photography,


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