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MARKUS FURENDAL

Political philosopher

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I research and teach at the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University. My primary research interests lie in the intersection between politics, economics and philosophy, and I currently hold a postdoc position in a research project about the Global Governance of Artificial Intelligence. My dissertation concerned individual duties to contribute to justice.

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RESEARCH

The social and ethical impact of Artificial Intelligence

I am interested in issues related to AI governance and the ethics of AI. Specifically, I pursue questions such as how the benefits and burdens created by increasingly capable AI ought to be distributed, and what it takes for AI governance to be democratically legitimate. My contributions to this field try to bring insights from theorizing about distributive justice and democratic theory to bear on the concrete problems and possibilities that transformative AI brings with it.

I am currently a postdoc in a research project that asks what the key features of emerging international AI regimes are, how the nature of the evolving regimes can be explained, and what the implications of these regimes are for justice and democracy.

I convened a panel about these issues at the 2021 Mancept Workshops. For more info, see the CfA. I also try to contribute to the public discussion about the topic.

Egalitarianism and the Future of Work

I am also interested in questions related to egalitarianism and work more broadly, and I recently co-organized a conference in Rotterdam on the future of work together with Huub Brouwer (Tilburg),  Willem van der Deijl (Tilburg), and Nicholas Vrousalis (Erasmus). More information is available in the CfR. We organized a similar conference at the Institute for Futures Studies in Stockholm, in May 2021.

Dissertation project

I defended my dissertation "Do Your Bit, Claim Your Share: Justice, Ethos, and the Individual Duty to Contribute", in November of 2020. The dissertation is about how individual action influences distributive justice, and how principles of distributive justice should influence individual action. Specifically, it addresses the questions of what justice requires of individuals, and why. I argue that individuals should not only comply with just institutions, but that they also have a pro tanto duty to contribute in their daily lives towards the furthering of a just society, based on principles of equality, reciprocity, and fairly sharing burdens. Further, I try to show that a system of informal and decentralised social sanctions – an ethos – is the best way to promote adherence to this duty. The dissertation develops and defends an account of contributive justice, specifying who should contribute to justice and why, as well as what a contribution is and how an individual duty to contribute should be enforced.

Parts of this project were conducted as a Fellow at the Department of Philosophy, Harvard University and as a Visiting Doctoral Student at the Department of Politics and International Relations and The Centre for the Study of Social Justice, Oxford University. I also had the chance to be on two periods of parental leave during the project.

Other research interests

I hope to one day find the time to think more about the legitimacy of systems of norms and sanctions, the moral aspect of markets, and the political and philosophical relevance of hypocrisy.

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PUBLICATIONS

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2378-750X

TYING OURSELVES TO THE MAST, OR ACTING FOR THE SAKE OF JUSTICE? ETHOS, INDIVIDUAL DUTIES, AND SOCIAL SANCTIONS

Journal of Social Philosophy. Early view

WORK, JUSTICE, AND COLLECTIVE CAPITAL INSTITUTIONS: REVISITING RUDOLF MEIDNER AND THE CASE FOR WAGE-EARNER FUNDS

Co-authored with Martin O'Neill. Journal of Applied Philosophy. Early view

ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE AND POLITICAL LEGITIMACY OF GLOBAL GOVERNANCE

Co-authored with Eva Erman. Political Studies. Early view

THE GLOBAL GOVERNANCE OF ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE: SOME NORMATIVE CONCERNS

Co-authored with Eva Erman. Moral Philosophy and Politics. Volume 9, No. 2, pp. 267-291

ARTIFICIELL INTELLIGENS, LIKRIKTNINGSPROBLEMET OCH POLITISK FILOSOFI - EN ÖVERSIKT

("AI, THE ALIGNMENT PROBLEM, AND POLITICAL PHILOSOPHY - AN OVERVIEW"). Tidskrift för politisk filosofi, Volume 26, No. 2, pp. 1-14

DO YOUR BIT, CLAIM YOUR SHARE: JUSTICE, ETHOS, AND THE INDIVIDUAL DUTY TO CONTRIBUTE

Dissertation, Dept. of Political Science, Stockholm University. 2020

ISBN: 978-91-7911-305-6

RESCUING JUSTICE FROM INDIFFERENCE: EQUALITY, PARETO, AND COHEN'S ETHOS

Social Theory and Practice, Volume 44, No. 4, pp. 485-506.

DEFINING THE DUTY TO CONTRIBUTE: AGAINST THE MARKET SOLUTION

European Journal of Political Theory, Volume 18, No. 4, pp. 469-488.
Article first published online: February 20, 2017; Issue published: October 1, 2019

BOOK REVIEW: ANDERS HANSSON: VAD ÄR FEL MED OJÄMLIKHET?

Tidskriften Respons

BOOK REVIEW: JONATHAN WOLFF: VARFÖR LÄSA MARX IDAG?

Statsvetenskaplig Tidskrift, Volume 120, No. 3-4, pp. 610-612.

BOOK REVIEW: SOPHIA HATZISAVVIDOU, APPEARANCES OF ĒTHOS IN POLITICAL THOUGHT: THE DIMENSION OF PRACTICAL REASON

Political Studies Review, Volume 15, Issue 4, pp. 604-605.

BOOK REVIEW: G. A. COHEN, FINDING ONESELF IN THE OTHER

Journal of Moral Philosophy. Volume 12, No. 3, pp. 343–346.

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TEACHING EXPERIENCE

Stockholm University:

 

Samtida politisk teori, Statsvetenskap III/II

(Contemporary political theory, Political Science III/II)

Självständigt arbete 15 ECTS

(Bachelor’s thesis)

 

Politisk teori, Statsvetenskap I

(Political theory, Political science I)

 

Jämlikhetens teori och praktik, Statsvetenskap II

(The theory and practice of equality, Political Science II)

Att studera demokrati, Statsvetenskap II

(The Study of Democracy, Political Science II)

Södertörn University College:

Självständigt arbete 15 ECTS

(Bachelor's thesis)

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LINKS

I recently participated in a discussion on socialism, in the public broadcaster Sveriges Radio's program 'Filosofiska Rummet' (Swedish)

My essay for Sveriges Radio's program OBS, about the promise of new technologies and the ways they are used to con people (Swedish)

 

My Stockholm University homepage

My PhilPeople page

My Academia.edu page

Me on the Swedish podcast Aning, talking about the philosophy of G. A. Cohen (Swedish)

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