Adam Lovett

I work in political philosophy, ethics and metaphysics. 

I am currently completing a Ph.D. in philosophy at New York University. Before NYU, I did the B.Phil. at the University of Oxford.

My dissertation is about how American democracy falls short of democratic ideals and why these shortfalls matter. Here is a draft.

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Here is my CV


My research is in three areas. In political philosophy, I am interested in how well U.S. democracy lives up to democratic ideals. My work in this area marries normative political theory with empirical political science. Practically, that means looking at a disparate body of empirical findings and determining what they mean for democratic values. In my view, they show that the U.S. does not achieve much of what makes democracy valuable. This, I think, has an enormous impact on the rights and duties of American citizens. In ethics, I have two separate projects. On the one hand, I am interested in the place of organizations—charities, businesses, governments—in our moral lives. On the other, I am interested in how much we should care about, or value, various things. In metaphysics, my work is on grounding. I am developing a coarse-grained conception of ground. I have outlined a logic for this conception, used it solves some paradoxes, and used it to prove some interesting principles about grounding. You can find many of the papers constituting these projects below. 


Democratic Autonomy and the Shortcomings of Citizens. Journal of Moral Philosophy. Forthcoming. Paper here

Must egalitarians condemn representative democracy?. Social Theory and Practice. Forthcoming. Paper here

Adam Lovett and Stefan Reidener. On Keeping Things in Proportion. Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy. 2019. Paper here

The puzzles of ground. Philosophical Studies. 2019. Paper here

A Simple Proof of Grounding Internality. Thought. 2019. Paper here.

The logic of ground. Journal of Philosophical Logic. 2019. Paper here.

In Preparation

How Does Polarization Matter?. Draft here.

Voter Motivations. Draft here.

Egalitarian Anarchism. Draft here.


Adam Lovett and Stefan Reidener. What is the moral status of organizations?. Draft here.

Adam Lovett and Daniel Sharp. What Immigrants Owe. Draft here

The Loving State. Email me for a draft.

Gratitude as an Economic Ideal. Email me for a draft.