Current Visitors

Lisa Hecht

Lisa Hecht is a visiting researcher at the Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science at the London School of Economics and Political Science. She works on the ethics of war and moral rights with a particular focus on questions concerning risk and compensation. 

Lisa completed her PhD on Victims of War at the Centre for the Ethics of War and Peace of Stockholm University in 2019. In January 2020, she took up a three-year postdoctoral position which is funded by the Swedish Research Council (Vetenskapsrådet). The postdoc will be conducted both at the CPNSS and at the Department of Philosophy at Stockholm University.

Dates of visit: September 2020 – August 2022


Research Project

Towards a risk-sensitive account of moral rights

The aim of the project is to better understand the relation of rights and risk. The project explores (1) whether, how and why the stringency of rights is sensitive to risk and (2) what respect for rights requires of decision-makers in situations of risk.


Joe Mazor

Joe Mazor received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2009.  He has since been a postdoctoral fellow at Princeton’s Center for Human Values and at Stanford’s Center for Ethics in Society.  He was an LSE Fellow and a temporary assistant professor in the Department of Philosophy, Logic & Scientific Method.  He is currently a Senior Lecturer in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics at Duke Kunshan University.  As an affiliate at CPNSS, he hopes to work on projects related to natural resource property rights, economic justice, and the philosophy of welfare economics.

Dates of visit: September 2020 – August 2021


Research Project

On the Nature and Significance of Welfare Economics

A key project I will be working on at CPNSS is a book on the philosophy of welfare economics.  The book will develop a comprehensive critique of welfare economics as it is currently practiced.  In advancing this critique, the book has several key goals a) a careful explanation of the different welfare economics frameworks in use today, b) clear connections between contemporary scholarship in political philosophy and contemporary welfare economics, with a focus on the practical consequences of the philosophical debates for the field c) a critique of the welfare economic frameworks aimed at welfare economists, but accessible to anyone who has taken microeconomics at the undergraduate level.


Philippe Verreault-Julien

Philippe Verreault-Julien obtained his PhD in January 2019 from Erasmus University Rotterdam under the supervision of Julian Reiss (Durham University) and Jack Vromen (Erasmus University Rotterdam). His research mainly focuses on the epistemology of theoretical modelling, understanding, and explanation. His current research project, funded by the Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC), aims to uncover the shared methodological features of philosophy and the sciences.

Dates of visit: 4 November 2019 – November 2021


Research Project

Methodological naturalism in philosophy and economics

Methodological naturalism is the view according to which the empiricist scientific methodology is adequate for both philosophy and the sciences. However, the validity of naturalism depends on the alleged distinctiveness between the philosophical and scientific methods. For if philosophy and science actually have significant methodological similarities, then this puts naturalism into question. This project pursues two objectives. First, to uncover the shared methodological features between philosophy and economic theoretical modelling. Second, to contribute to the metaphilosophical debate on naturalism. It aims to defend an original claim, viz. that some parts of science are more similar to philosophy than usually assumed.