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Mr Daniel Illey-Williamson


Contemporary political philosophy; the history of political thought. I have also been a tutor for the University of Oxford's UNIQ PPE Summer School.


I am a third year DPhil student in political philosophy and College Lecturer in Politics at The Queen's College. I am supervised by Zofia Stemplowska and David Miller. Prior to the DPhil, I completed the MPhil in Political Theory (with Distinction) at Oxford, and before that I was awarded a BA in Politics and Philosophy (First Class with Distinction) from the University of York.

My research interests are predominantly within contemporary political philosophy, and I mainly focus on questions of distributive justice. My DPhil thesis considers the duties of distributive justice that directly apply to individuals. For example, I consider whether or not 'the talented' have duties of distributive justice to use their talents in socially productive ways, and I consider when, if ever, individuals are entitled to yield productive output only on the condition of receiving unequalising incentive payments. My answers to these questions presuppose the view that duties of distributive justice do directly apply to individuals, and this is a claim I defend in my thesis.


'Why Capitalism?', Political Studies Review, published online before print, October 20, 2016, doi:10.1177/1478929916652149.