Staff Profile:Patrick Tomlin
- Dr Patrick Tomlin
- Job Title:
- Associate Professor
I am presently the Acting Director for Postgraduate Research Studies.
In 2014-15 I will be convening two final-year modules:
- Crime and Punishment: Theoretical Perspectives
- War, Peace and International Ethics
- Areas of Interest:
I am interested in a variety of questions within political, legal and moral philosophy.
My research interests can be broadly split into four overlapping areas:
1. Distributive Ethics
Including: justice as fairness; contractualism; equality; luck egalitarianism; fairness; distributing the costs of children.
2. Philosophy of Crime and Punishment
Including: justifications of punishment (especially retributivism and the duty view); the metric of punishment; theories of criminalization; the presumption of innocence; criminalization and sentencing under conditions of moral uncertainty and disagreement; political liberalism and the criminal law/punishment; and, in general, the interrelationship between principles of punishment, trial, sentencing and criminalization.
3. Moral Uncertainty and Disagreement
Including: What to do when morally uncertain (with Christian Barry, ANU); political liberalism and the criminal law/punishment; democratic theory and ideal/non-ideal theory; 'free votes', individual legislators, and 'issues of conscience'; criminalization and sentencing decisions under uncertainty.
4. Children and the Family
Including: distributing the costs of children; what we do to people in creating them and what we do (or don't) owe them as a result; understanding what sort of things children are, and what follows morally and politically.
- Research groups / Centres:
YNumber of items: 16.
- Tomlin, P. (2016) Saplings or caterpillars? Trying to understand children's wellbeing. Journal of Applied Philosophy. ISSN 0264-3758 doi: 10.1111/japp.12204
- Barry, C. and Tomlin, P. (2016) Moral uncertainty and permissibility: evaluating option sets. Canadian Journal of Philosophy. ISSN 1911-0820 (In Press)
- Tomlin, P. (2015) Should kids pay their own way? Political Studies, 63 (3). pp. 663-678. ISSN 0032-3217 doi: 10.1111/1467-9248.12111
- Tomlin, P. (2015) Should retributivists prefer pre-punishment? Social Theory and Practice, 41 (2). pp. 275-285. ISSN 0037-802X doi: 10.5840/soctheorpract201541215
- Tomlin, P. (2015) What is the point of egalitarian social relationships? In: Kaufman, A. (ed.) Distributive Justice and Access to Advantage: G.A. Cohen’s Egalitarianism. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 151-179.
- Tomlin, P. (2014) Time and retribution. Law and Philosophy, 33 (5). pp. 655-682. ISSN 0167-5249 doi: 10.1007/s10982-013-9196-z
- Tomlin, P. (2014) Could the presumption of innocence protect the guilty? Criminal Law and Philosophy, 8 (2). pp. 431-447. ISSN 1871-9791 doi: 10.1007/s11572-012-9193-6
- Tomlin, P. (2014) Retributivists! The harm principle is not for you! Ethics, 124 (2). pp. 272-298. ISSN 0014-1704 doi: 10.1086/673437
- Tomlin, P. (2013) Choices, chance and change: luck egalitarianism over time. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 16 (2). pp. 393-407. ISSN 1572-8447 doi: 10.1007/s10677-012-9340-0
- Tomlin, P. (2013) Extending the golden thread? Criminalisation and the presumption of innocence. Journal of Political Philosophy, 21 (1). pp. 44-66. ISSN 1467-9760 doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9760.2011.00411.x
- Ashworth, A., Zedner, L. and Tomlin, P., eds. (2013) Prevention and the limits of the Criminal Law. Oxford University Press, Oxford, pp320. ISBN 9780199656769
- Tomlin, P. (2012) On fairness and claims. Utilitas, 24 (2). pp. 200-213. ISSN 1741-6183 doi: 10.1017/S0953820812000143
- Tomlin, P. (2012) Should we be utopophobes about democracy in particular? Political Studies Review, 10 (1). pp. 36-47. ISSN 1478-9302 doi: 10.1111/j.1478-9302.2011.00245.x
- Tomlin, P. (2012) Can I be a luck egalitarian and a Rawlsian? Ethical Perspectives, 19 (3). pp. 371-397. ISSN 1370-0049 doi: 10.2143/EP.19.3.2172296
- Tomlin, P. (2010) Internal doubts about Cohen's Rescue of Justice. Journal of Political Philosophy, 18 (2). pp. 228-247. ISSN 1467-9760 doi: 10.1111/j.1467-9760.2010.00359.x
- Tomlin, P. (2008) Envy, facts and justice: a critique of the treatment of envy in justice as fairness. Res Publica, 14 (2). pp. 101-116. ISSN 1572-8692 doi: 10.1007/s11158-008-9050-6
- BA (Hons) (Nottingham)
MA (London: UCL)