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Matthew Adams

Matthew Adams

Matthew Adams

Ethics in Society Fellow
Philosophy, University of Virginia
Matthew completed his Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Virginia. He specializes in contemporary political philosophy and applied ethics, and he also works on topics ranging from Plato's late political philosophy to food aesthetics. 
 
At the moment, Matthew's work focuses on developing a new nonideal theory of justice. This theory hinges on an innovation termed "nonideal principles of justice." These principles, which are forged using a contractualist framework, help us to tackle exigent topics. For example, they specify the conditions under which non-meritocratic affirmative action is just. 
 
Matthew is starting a new research project at the intersection of climate justice and bioethics. As part of this project, he is working on a paper that explains the relationship between material scarcity and justice by drawing on principles of medical triage.
 
Read more about Matthew on his website.