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prof. dr. A.P. Thomas

Full professor 

Tilburg School of Humanities
Department of Philosophy


Alan Thomas is Professor of Ethics at Tilburg University. His research areas include moral, social and political philosophy, and the problem of consciousness. He was previously senior lecturer and head of the department of philosophy at the University of Kent, a Visiting Research Scholar at the University of British Columbia, a Visiting Research Professor at the Murphy Institute, Tulane University, a Visiting Research Professor at the Templeton funded project 'The Philosophy and Theology of Intellectual Humility' at St Louis University and a Visiting Fellow of the Humanities Research Centre of the Australian National University.

His next book Republic of Equals: Pre-distribution and Property-owning Democracy will be published by Oxford University Press (USA) in 2016. This book defends an implementation of Rawls's conception of justice as fairness in the context of a broader political philosophy that draws on themes from the republican, as well as the liberal, traditions. He is currently completing a second book, The Verdict of Reasons, which is a defence of moral particularism and a critique of both moral generalism and impartialism. It emphasises the role of first personal thinking in ethics.

Alan Thomas has supervised MA and doctoral candidates to completion at the University of Kent, the University of London and Tilburg University. He has been an external examiner of doctoral theses at Reading University, Melbourne University, London University, and Sheffield University.

He was an associate Editor for the journal Mind from 1990-93 and has refereed papers for Dialectica, Mind, Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences, Philosophy, Politics and Economics, Res Publica, Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophical Papers, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, the Kantian Review, the Journal of Moral Philosophy, the Journal of Philosophical Research, Contemporary Political Theory, Synthese, South African Journal of Philosophy, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, and the European Journal of Philosophy. He has reviewed manuscripts and proposals for Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, Basil Blackwells, Acumen Press, Polity Press, and Edinburgh University Press. He has, in addition, worked as an REF consultant.

Member of the Association for the Scientific Study of Consciousness, American Philosophical Association, British Philosophical Association.

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Principal publications

  • Republic of Equals: Pre-distribution and Property-owning Democracy, Oxford University Press (USA) forthcoming, 2016.
  • Value and Context: the Nature of Moral and Political Knowledge (Oxford University Press, 2006). ISBN13: 9780198250173. Paperback, 2010, ISBN13: 9780199587278
  • Thomas Nagel (Acumen Press and McGill/Queen's University Press, 2009/2015). ISBN-13: 9781844650354. Routledge Kindle edition 2015.
  • Bernard Williams (editor and contributor) (Cambridge University Press, 2007). ISBN-13: 9780521665551
  • 'Cohen's Critique of Rawls: A Double Counting Objection', Mind, November 2011.

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Last amended: 09 February 2016