Rowan Mellor

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Postdoctoral Fellow



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Rowan completed his PhD at University College London where he worked on issues in the theory of social justice, and puzzles to do with collective harm. His current project focusses on the notion of joint obligation. There are cases in which it seems as though several people ought to do some combination of actions, whilst none of them ought to do their part of that combination. What should we say about such cases? Is there a coherent notion of joint obligation, or is the concept of obligation necessarily individualistic?

Teaching in 2022-23

PHLB02 Environmental Ethics

PHLB11 Philosophy of Law

Research Interests:

Ethics, Philosophy of Action, Political Philosophy


“Faces of Vicarious Responsibility.” The Monist. Volume 104, Issue 2, April 2021, 238-250. Online link:


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