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Edmund Tweedy Flanigan

Ph.D. Candidate in Political Theory
Department of Government
Harvard University

Curriculum Vitae (April 2016)


I am a doctoral student in the Government Department at Harvard University, studying issues in contemporary moral and political philosophy.

My dissertation research concerns issues of obligation, authority, and democracy. My other recent work has been on the topics of value comparability and intergenerational ethics. I also maintain an interest in Kantian political philosophy.

I have an A.B. in philosophy from Georgetown University and an M.Phil. in political theory from the University of Oxford, where I wrote a thesis on climate change and future generations.


‘The Small Improvement Argument, Epistemicism, and Incomparability’, with John Halstead, to appear in Economics & Philosophy [PDF]

Work in progress

‘Do We Have Reasons to Obey the Law?’ [Draft]


2011. ‘On Discount Rates in the Cost-Benefit Analysis of Climate Change’. M.Phil. Thesis Chapter. Department of Politics, University of Oxford. [PDF]


As teaching fellow

  • ‘Safra Undergraduate Fellows Seminar,’ Fall 2017
  • ‘Theory and Practice of Republican Government’ (ER 44), Fall 2017
  • ‘Foundations of Political Theory’ (Gov 10), Spring 2017
  • ‘Ethics, Biotechnology, and the Future of Human Nature’ (Gov 1093 / SCRB 60), Fall 2016
  • ‘Money, Markets, and Morals’ (ER 39), Fall 2015