Simon Keller

Professor School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations


Teaching in 2017

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BA (Hons) BSc Monash  MA PhD Princeton


Simon Keller works on topics in ethics and political philosophy. He has published on questions about the ethics of special relationships, the nature of well-being, time-travel, love, distributive justice, Plato's philosophy of language, and disagreement about climate change. He began work at VUW in 2009, after previously teaching at Boston University and the University of Melbourne. He has also held visiting positions at Harvard University and Rice University. His book 'The Limits of Loyalty' won the American Philosophical Association Book Prize in 2009. More information can be found on Simon's website.

Research areas

Ethics, Political Philosophy.

Selected publications


  • The Ethics of Patriotism: A Debate, co-authored with John Kleinig and Igor Primoratz (Wiley Blackwell, forthcoming in 2015)
  • Partiality (Princeton University Press, 2013)
  • The Limits of Loyalty (Cambridge University Press, 2007)

Recent articles and chapters

  • ‘Fiduciary Duties and Moral Blackmail,’ forthcoming in Journal of Applied Philosophy.
  • ‘Moral Blackmail and the Family,’ forthcoming in Journal of Moral Philosophy.
  • ‘Empathising with Scepticism about Climate Change,’ in Jeremy Moss (ed.) Climate Change and Justice (Cambridge University Press, 2015) pp. 219-235.
  • ‘Motives to Assist and Reasons to Assist: the Case of Global Poverty,’ Journal of Practical Ethics 3:1 (2015): 37-63.
  • ‘David Lewis’s Social and Political Philosophy,’ in Barry Loewer and Jonathan Schaffer (eds.) A Companion to David Lewis (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2015) pp. 549-561.
  • ‘Posthumous Harm,’ in Stephen Luper (ed.) The Cambridge Companion to Life and Death (Cambridge University Press, 2014) pp. 181-197.