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Martin O'Neill
Professor of Political Philosophy



I moved across to the Department of Philosophy in 2018, having taught in the Department of Politics and International Relations at York since 2010. Before that, I was Hallsworth Research Fellow in Political Economy at the University of Manchester (2007-2009), and, before that, Research Fellow in Philosophy and Politics at St John's College, University of Cambridge (2004-2007). I did my PhD in the Department of Philosophy at Harvard University, supervised by T. M. Scanlon and Derek Parfit. During my time at Harvard I also spent time as a Graduate Fellow at the Edmond J. Safra University Center for Ethics, and as a Graduate Fellow in the interdisciplinary Project on Justice, Welfare and Economics. Before that I did a BA in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (PPE), and later the B.Phil in Philosophy, both at Balliol College, University of Oxford.

Originally from London, I've been living in the north of England for a dozen years, and now think of myself as an adopted Northerner. One of my proudest achievements is to be raising four Arsenal fans in Yorkshire.


Departmental roles

  • Department Impact Officer
  • Section Leader for Practical Philosophy
  • Martin is the convenor of the MA in Political and Legal Philosophy



I work on a variety of topics in moral and political philosophy. In recent years I have been especially interested in freedom, autonomy and responsibility; social justice; equality and inequality; and various issues at the intersection of political philosophy, political economy and public policy, including taxation, monetary policy, finance and money, corporations and economic governance, work and labour unions. 
My Academia page has links to many of the things I have written:
My Google Scholar profile can be found here:
You can watch my York Talk on 'How to Create a More Equal Society' here.


I welcome enquiries from potential PhD students interested in working on projects in these areas, or on related issues in moral and political philosophy. I would encourage potential PhD applicants to explore the funding possibilities created by the White Rose College of Arts & Humanities WRoCAH AHRC Studentships, and am happy to discuss the application process with potential applicants.



  • Theories of Social Justice (3rd Year)


  • Advanced Topics in Political Philosophy (MA)
    Social Justice and Political Economy (MA)

External activities

Editorial duties

Commissioning Editor of Renewal: a Journal of Social Democracy

Media coverage

My recent work on economic justice and political economy is mentioned in recent articles in The Economist and The Guardian.

Contact details

Professor Martin O'Neill
Professor in Political Philosophy
Department of Philosophy