Robbie’s Research Interests

My research to date has centred on exploring issues in applied ethics and moral and political philosophy that arise as a result of the existence of various forms of partiality.  At the moment, I am developing a novel theory of partiality which implores re-conceptualization of the very foundations of ‘associative’ reasons and duties of partiality. This project has applications in various theoretical debates (e.g. value theory and theories of moral obligation) as well as practical debates (e.g. partiality in personal/familial relationships, partiality towards religious communities, the ethics of patriotism and nationalism, the justification of political duties, and related issues of practical and distributive justice).  In addition, my areas of expertise encompass the responsibilities of citizenship, the philosophy and politics of human rights, theories of justice, democratic theory, bioethics, and various topics pertaining to the ethics of sex, poverty, ecology and war.