Rahul Kumar

Rahul Kumar

Professor and Department Head


Arts and Science

People Directory Affiliation Category
  • B.A., Queen’s
  • B.Phil., Oxford
  • D.Phil., Oxford
Research Interests

My research examines questions in non-consequentialist ethical theory. I am especially interested in exploring the strengths and pitfalls of Scanlon’s contractualism as a systematic expression of a non-consequentialist approach to the foundations of interpersonal obligations. I also have broad interests in moral and political philosophy; in the past few years I have taught seminars on practical reasoning, moral responsibility, ethics and future generations, contractualism, and Rawls’s A Theory of Justice.

Personal Website

  • Consensualism in Principle (Routledge, 2001)
Recent Edited Collections
  • Ethics and Future Generations (Routledge, 2017)
  • Reasons and Recognition: Essays on the philosophy of T.M. Scanlon (co-edited with Samuel Freeman and R. Jay Wallace) (OUP, 2011)
Recent Journal Articles
  • “Rights, Wrongs, and the Snares of Non-Identity” Law, Ethics and Philosophy 7 2019
  • “Risking Future Generations” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 21 2018
  • “Risking and Wronging” Philosophy and Public Affairs 43:1 2015
Recent Chapters in Books
  • “Contractualism, Interpersonal and Intergenerational” Oxford Handbook of Intergenerational Ethics (OUP, 2021)
  • “Future Generations” Oxford Handbook of Distributive Justice (OUP, 2018)
Recent Reviews
  • Review of R. Jay Wallace, The Moral Nexus (Princeton, 2019) Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews

For more information about Professor Kumar's research and a complete list of his publications, see his personal website.