Simon Keller


Teaching in 2018


BA (Hons) BSc Monash  

MA PhD Princeton


Simon Keller works on topics in ethics and political philosophy, and the philosophy of mental health and mental disorder. He has published extensively on issues concerning special relationships, including friendship, family relationships, love, and patriotism. 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, Rice University, and Ludwig Maximillian University Munich. 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, Mental health and mental disorder.

Selected publications


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

Recent articles and chapters

  • ‘Love and the Moral Error Theory: Is Love a Mistake?’, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 95:3 (2017): 709-721.
  • ‘Fiduciary Duties and Moral Blackmail,’ forthcoming in Journal of Applied Philosophy.
  • ‘Moral Blackmail and the Family,’ Journal of Moral Philosophy 13:6 (2016): 699-719.
  • ‘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.


Teaching in 2018