Andrea Sangiovanni is joining the SPS Department in September 2018 as Chair in Social and Political Theory. He is currently Professor of Philosophy at King’s College London. He received his BA and PhD from Harvard University. Before joining the Philosophy Department at KCL (in 2007), he was a Randall Dillard Research Fellow at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge (2005-2007). His main areas of research are in contemporary moral, legal, and political philosophy. Current research interests include: justice and solidarity in the European Union, freedom of movement and immigration, international justice and the philosophy of international law; human rights and the idea of dignity; the relation between principles and social practices; and moral and social equality.Recent publications include: ‘Solidarity as Joint Action’ (Journal of Applied Philosophy), ’The Irrelevance of Coercion, Imposition and Framing to Distributive Justice’ (Philosophy & Public Affairs) and ‘Solidarity in the European Union’ (Oxford Journal of Legal Studies).
He has recently published a book entitled Humanity without Dignity: Moral Equality, Respect, and Human Rights (Harvard University Press, 2017) on the idea of moral equality and its importance for human rights, and has now begun research on another book, entitled The Bounds of Solidarity: International Justice, Reciprocity, and the European Union (on contract, HUP). This book will begin by exploring the concept and grounds of solidarity. Solidarity, he argues, underpins an appealing conception of social justice rooted in reciprocity rather than shared identity or shared subjection to coercive authority. The book will provide a framework for assessing the distributional consequences of integration, and will seek answers to the following questions: Should the EU become a ‘transfer union’? Why (and under what conditions) is the free movement of persons an ideal worth preserving? What obligations does the EU (rather than its member states) have towards refugees, and what might be a fair sharing of the burdens related to refugee flows? Do member states have duties to enlarge the EU further? Do they have obligations to stay in? The research for the book and a number of associated projects will be supported by an ERC Consolidator Grant (2018-2023).
Research interests: Contemporary moral, legal, and political philosophy
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