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I am an Associate Professor in Philosophy, at Somerville College in the University of Oxford.

My current research focusses on various issues in ethics. My interests include: foundational issues in consequentialism ('global' and 'two-level' forms of consequentialism), the debate between consequentialists and contractualists, aggregation (utilitarianism, prioritarianism and egalitarianism), moral psychology and selective debunking arguments, population ethics, the interface between ethics and economics, the analogies between ethics and epistemology, and formal epistemology.

I currently (2014-17) direct the project Population Ethics: Theory and Practice, based at the Future of Humanity Institute, and funded by The Leverhulme Trust.

Contact information

Email: hilary dot greaves at philosophy dot ox dot ac dot uk.
Mailing address:Somerville College
Oxford OX2 6HD
UK

Email is the quickest and most reliable way to reach me.

Research

Papers

  • 'Extended preferences'. With Harvey Lederman. Draft
  • 'A reconsideration of the Harsanyi-Sen-Weymark debate on utilitarianism.' Under review at Utilitas. Draft
  • 'Antiprioritarianism'. Utilitas 27(1), 1-42. Preprint
  • 'Ethics, climate change and the role of discounting' (unpublished critical survey article). Manuscript
  • 'The social disvalue of premature deaths'. In Weighing and reasoning: Themes from the philosophy of John Broome, Oxford University Press, 2015. Preprint
  • 'The CPT theorem'. With Teruji Thomas. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part B: Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 45:46-65, 2014.Preprint
  • 'Epistemic decision theory'. Mind 122 (488): 915-952, 2013.Online publication Preprint
  • 'Empirical consequences of symmetries'. With David Wallace. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 65(1): 59-89, 2014. Preprint
  • 'In search of spacetime structuralism'. Philosophical Perspectives 25(1): 189-204, December 2011. Preprint
  • 'Towards a geometrical understanding of the CPT theorem' (2010). British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (2010) 61 (1): 27-50. Preprint
  • 'Everett and Evidence'. With Wayne Myrvold. In Many Worlds? Everett, Quantum Theory, & Reality, ed. Saunders, Barrett, Kent and Wallace, Oxford University Press (2010). Preprint
  • 'Time reversal in classical electromagnetism' (2009). With Frank Arntzenius. British Journal for the Philosophy of Science (2009) 60 (3): 557-584. Preprint
  • 'On the Everettian epistemic problem' (March 2007). Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 38(1), March 2007, pp.120-152. Preprint
  • 'Probability in the Everett interpretation' (January 2007). Philosophy Compass 2(1), 109-128. Preprint
  • 'Justifying conditionalization: Conditionalization maximizes expected epistemic utility' (July 2006). With David Wallace. Mind 115(459):607-632, July 2006. Preprint
  • 'Understanding Deutsch's probability in a deterministic multiverse' (September 2004). Studies in History and Philosophy of Modern Physics 35(3), September 2004, pp.423-456. Preprint

    Talks

    The following are materials from talks I have given that have not been written up in paper form, i.e. the slides/handout notes/etc. below are the most detailed form in which this material exists.

  • 'Comparing existence and nonexistence', presented in Sydney, 12 August 2015. Slides
  • 'Doublethink in global prioritisation', presented in Auckland, 11 July 2015. Slides
  • '"Overlapping consensus" on deaths early in life', presented in Oslo, 21 June 2015. Slides
  • 'Arguing for population reduction: Case study: Climate change', presented in Oxford, 29 November 2014. Slides Podcast available from this page
  • 'The tradeoff problem and two-level epistemic consequentialism', presented at LSE, 21 November 2014. Handout
  • 'Interpersonal utility comparisons: Evaluative or descriptive?', presented in Oxford, 14 March 2014. Handout

    Works in progress

    I don't yet have a publicly 'shareable' draft of any of the following, but if you're interested, please let me know by email, and I'll send you a draft as soon as it is available.

  • 'Cost-benefit analysis for family planning: The value of life, not the badness of death.' With Amanda MacAskill.
  • 'Comparing existence and non-existence'. With John Cusbert.
  • 'Moral uncertainty about population ethics'. With Toby Ord.

    Teaching

    This section of my website archives teaching materials from my past courses, largely for the benefit of any interested parties who were not students on those courses. In particular, if you're one of my students, don't use the reading lists posted below, as I may have since updated the list - use the version on Weblearn.

    Graduate teaching: Seminar handouts

  • Seminar on Population Ethics, Trinity Term 2015: handouts on
    Person-affecting theories, part I;
    Comparing existence and non-existence;
    Person-affecting theories, part II.
  • Seminar on Value Theory, Hilary Term 2014: handouts on
    Prioritarianism ;
    Interpersonal utility comparisons;
    'Do the numbers count';
    Fitting-attitude theories of value

    Undergraduate teaching: Lecture notes/slides/handouts

  • Moral philosophy, first year undergraduate lectures, Michaelmas Term 2013
  • Epistemology, second year undergraduate lectures, Hilary Term 2013
  • Intermediate philosophy of physics: Special Relativity (second year undergraduate lectures - handouts only, full course), Hilary Term 2011
  • Frege and Russell, second/third year undergraduate lectures, Michaelmas Term 2010
  • Intermediate philosophy of physics: Special Relativity (second year undergraduate lectures - full lecture notes for half-course), Hilary Term 2010

    Undergraduate reading lists

    If you're one of my students, don't use the reading lists posted here, as I may have since updated the list - use the version on Weblearn/the version that I emailed to you.

  • General Philosophy
  • FHS 102: Knowledge and Reality
  • FHS 103: Ethics
  • FHS 117: Frege, Russell, Wittgenstein
  • FHS 120: Intermediate Philosophy of Physics: Philosophy of Special Relativity
  • FHS 120: Intermediate Philosophy of Physics: Philosophy of Quantum Mechanics
  • FHS 124: Philosophy of Science
  • FHS 128: The philosophy and economics of the environment

    Last updated: 13 August 2015