In our deeply unjust world we face a range of pressing questions, such as how we should overcome types of racial injustice. I argue that in order to resolve such questions we cannot merely rely on judgements about particular cases. Rather, we need a systematic nonideal theory of justice. I develop such a theory by introducing what I call “nonideal principles of justice,” which are forged using a Rawlsian contractualist framework. I argue that these principles can be used to tackle difficult exigent questions, such as how to specify the conditions under which affirmative action is just.
I am starting a new research project that defends access to free healthy food as a way of ameliorating different types of injustice. I argue that like free healthcare it could improve public health and equality of opportunity. Furthermore, using case studies such as the Bohra community kitchen in Mumbai, I suggest that providing food has significant political potential: in a communal setting it can nurture solidarity and diminish gender-based inequalities, given that the burdens of preparing food disproportionately fall on women.
My interests in philosophy have always been broad; indeed, I am interested in and curious about every area of philosophy. I have secondary areas of interest in philosophy of law, Kant, ancient philosophy (particularly Plato’s late political philosophy), and aesthetics (especially food aesthetics). I have discovered some unexpected interconnections between Plato’s Laws and my own work on nonideal theory.
Below are links to the papers that I have published. (Please email me for drafts of work in progress/papers under review that I mention in my CV.)