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Simeon Goldstraw

DPhil in Politics: Political Theory

I am a DPhil student in Politics (Political Theory) at Nuffield College. My research is supported by a Nuffield College Award. I am a disciple of Martha Nussbaum's capabilities approach and share her conviction that justice requires that each individual has the goods they need to flourish. I am animated by the conviction that the state can play a more fundamental role in securing these goods than most liberal states currently do or liberal philosophers allow for. My thesis applies this conviction to the question of a 'claim to leisure'. I argue that all citizens should have the capability to be at leisure as a matter of justice and defend state provision of leisure goods (including social conditions, public goods, and free time) under some circumstances. My post-doctoral project idea proposes pursuing this research further, and embedding it into a normative discussion of Universal Basic Services - the policy idea that the state should attend directly to the needs of all persons through public services, public goods, and interventionist regulation of markets.  

I also have an interest in matters pertaining to labour justice, freedom of expression, and morality in art. I have published a paper on when comedians should be held responsible for the harms in their comedy here

I previously studied Politics at Cardiff University (First) and the Political Theory MSc at the London School of Economics (Distinction). I have taught undergraduate papers on the history of political thought and contemporary political thought at Oxford.

When I'm not reading philosophy, I like running and juggling, neither of which I am very good at.

Simeon Goldstraw


‘“It was just a joke!” Comedy and Freedom of Speech’, European Journal of Political Theory. (forthcoming, online first)