MARKUS FURENDAL

Political philosopher

 

I'm a PhD student in political philosophy at the Department of Political Science at Stockholm University. My primary research interests lie in the intersection between politics, economics and philosophy, and my dissertation is about individual duties to contribute to justice. I also work on questions concerning the distributive effects of the current technological shift, including the rapid development of Artifical Intelligence.

 

RESEARCH

Dissertation project

My dissertation, which I will defend in the fall of 2020, is about how individual action influences distributive justice, and how principles of distributive justice should influence individual action.

The dissertation aims to provide a comprehensive argument for the conclusion that individuals face substantial duties to contribute toward the furthering of a just society. It also defends the idea that individuals should respond to and uphold a decentralized system of social sanctions that help monitor and sanction adherence to this duty. If my argument is successful, it provides support for the idea that justice is not simply a question of setting up the right kind of institutions and legal frameworks, but that individuals are required to promote justice in their day-to-day lives.

Parts of the project have been conducted as a Fellow at the Department of Philosophy, Harvard University (fall 2018, invited by Lucas Stanczyk), 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 (winter/spring of 2017, invited by Zofia Stemplowska). I have also had the chance to be on two periods of parental leave during the project. 

My supervisors are Eva Erman and Simon Birnbaum.

Other research interests

I am currently exploring new areas and topics, including the distributive effects of automation and AI technology, moral perspectives on markets, and the political and philosophical relevance of hypocrisy.

Egalitarianism and the Future of Work

I am co-organizing an international academic conference on Egalitarianism and the Future of Work together with Huub Brouwer (Utrecht/Tilburg) and Willem van der Deijl (Tilburg). Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference is currently being re-scheduled for a later date. It will be hosted by the Institute for Futures Studies, and has received funding from the Bank of Sweden Tercentenary Foundation, and the Society for Applied Philosophy.

 

PUBLICATIONS

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-2378-750X

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: 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.

 

TEACHING

At 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)

 

LINKS

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

 

CONTACT

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