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Matthew Adams

Matthew AdamsAssistant Professor of Philosophy

Office: Sycamore Hall 124
Phone: (812) 855-2539
Email: mra10 at

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  • Ph.D. University of Virginia, 2018
  • B.Phil. Oxford, 2011
  • B.A. Trinity College Dublin, First Class Honors, Gold Medal, 2009

I specialize in political philosophy, ethical theory, and applied ethics.

At the moment my research focuses on developing a new nonideal theory of justice. This theory hinges on an innovation that I term ďnonideal principles of justice,Ē which are forged using a Rawlsian contractualist framework. In contrast to most work on nonideal theory, I connect my theorizing about justice to policy questions, such as the viability of affirmative action in a contemporary US educational context. In doing so, I fill out the normative content of nonideal theory. This involves drawing on epistemology, economic theory such as statistical discrimination, and sociology in the tradition of the Frankfurt School.

Iím starting to work on three new projects. First, defending the policy idea of provided access to free healthy food as a way of ameliorating different types of injustice. Second, exploring the significance of reasonable and unreasonable pluralism within the liberal tradition. Third, charting the parameters under which it can be virtuous and vicious for people to be apolitical.

My interests in philosophy are very broad, and Iíve also worked on topics ranging from food aesthetics to Platoís late political philosophy.

Iíve also done some interdisciplinary collaborative research on topics such as risk assessment in sentencing. And, Iíve furthered my commitment to public philosophy by serving as a regular blogger on Justice Everywhere.

Among other venues, my work has been published in the Australasian Journal of Philosophy and The Monist.