Assistant Professor Matthew Adams
Matthew Adams specializes in political philosophy, ethical theory, and applied ethics. Much of his research is animated by the question of how normative ideals apply in actual political practice. Some (but not all) of his research is Rawlsian in spirit. His early research focused on developing a new nonideal theory of justice. This theory hinges on an innovation termed “nonideal principles of justice,” which are forged using a Rawlsian contractualist framework. In contrast to most work on nonideal theory, he connects his theorizing about justice to policy questions, such as the viability of affirmative action in a contemporary U.S. educational context.