Nicholas Southwood is an Associate Professor and ARC Future Fellow in the School of Philosophy at the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University. He is also Director of the Centre for Moral, Social and Political Theory and Co-Editor of The Journal of Political Philosophy. His work is primarily in moral and political philosophy but also engages with related issues in epistemology, philosophy of law and philosophy of social science. He is author of two monographs, Contractualism and the Foundations of Morality (OUP, 2010) and Explaining Norms (OUP, 2013) and many articles in journals including Ethics, Mind, Noûs, Philosophical Studies and Philosophy & Public Affairs. His current research investigates the nature and proper role of feasibility in politics.
A TedXTalk he gave in July 2017 on some of the dangers of dismissing ideas for being "just not feasible" is available here.
- Associate Professor (Level D), School of Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, 2017-
- ARC Future Fellow, 2017-2021.
- Director, Centre for Moral, Social and Political Theory, School of Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, 2015-
- Senior Research Fellow (Level C), School of Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, 2013-2016.
- Research Fellow (Level B), School of Philosophy, Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University, 2011-2012.
- Junior Research Fellow, Jesus College, University of Oxford, 2008-2011.
- Explaining Norms, Oxford University Press, 2013 (with G. Brennan, L. Eriksson and R. Goodin).
- Contractualism and the Foundations of Morality, Oxford University Press, 2010.
- ‘Does “Ought” Imply “Feasible”?’ Philosophy & Public Affairs, forthcoming.
- ‘“Actual” Does Not Imply “Feasible”’, Philosophical Studies, forthcoming (co-authored with D. Wiens).
- ‘The Motivation Question’, Philosophical Studies, forthcoming.
- ‘Legal Norms as Conventional Norms’, Legal Norms, Ethical Norms: New Essays on Meta-ethics and Jurisprudence, ed. D. Plunkett, S. Shapiro and K. Toh, Oxford University Press, 2017.
- ‘Constructing Practical Normativity’, The Many Moral Rationalisms, ed. K Jones and F. Schroeter, Oxford University Press, 2017.
- ‘“The Thing to Do” Implies “Can”’, Noûs, 50, 2016, 61-72.
- ‘Ability and Volitional Incapacity’, Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, 2016, 10 (co-authored with P. Gilabert).
- ‘Constructivism About Reasons’, The Oxford Handbook of Reasons and Normativity, ed. D. Star, Oxford University Press, 2016.
- ‘Republican Justice’, Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, 2015, 18, 669-78.
- ‘The Relevance of Human Nature’, Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, 9, 2015.
- ‘Democracy as a Modally Demanding Value’, Noûs, 47, 2015, 504-21.
- ‘The Moral/Conventional Distinction’, Mind, 120, 2011, 761-802.
- ‘What is Special About Human Rights?’ Ethics & International Affairs, 25, 2011, 369-83 (with C. Barry).
- ‘Norms and Conventions’, Philosophical Explorations, 14, 2011, 195-217 (with L. Eriksson).
- ‘Promises and Trust’, Promises and Agreements, ed. H. Sheinman, Oxford University Press, 2011, 275-92 (with D. Friedrich).
- ‘The Authority of Social Norms’, New Waves in Meta-Ethics, ed. M. Brady, Palgrave MacMillan, 2010, 234-48.
- ‘Epistemic Norms Without Voluntary Control’, Noûs, 43, 2009, 599-632 (with P. Chuard).
- ‘Moral Contractualism’, Philosophy Compass, 4, 2009, 926-37.
- ‘Promises Beyond Assurance’, Philosophical Studies, 144, 2009, 261-80 (with D. Friedrich).
- ‘A Deliberative Model of Contractualism’, Politics, Philosophy & Economics, 8, 2008, 183-208.
- ‘Vindicating the Normativity of Rationality’, Ethics, 119, 2008, 9-30.
- 2017-2021: ARC Future Fellowship. FT160100409: Feasibility in politics: Taking account of groups and institutions. Dr N Southwood. $733,992
- 2014-2018: ARC Discovery Project. DP140102468: The demands of reason. Dr N Southwood; Prof P Pettit; Dr V McGeer; Prof J Broome. $166,000
- 2012-2016: ARC Discovery Project. DP120101507: Political normativity and the feasibility requirement. Dr N Southwood; Prof G Brennan; Prof D Estlund. $408,587
- Fulbright Scholarship, Princeton University, 2003-2004.
- University Medal, ANU, 2002.