Adam Lovett

I am a Fellow at the London School of Economics (LSE). I completed a Ph.D. in philosophy at New York University (NYU) in July 2021.


I am currently working on a book about the ways in which real-world democracies fall short of democratic ideals and why these shortfalls matter. Feel free to email me if you'd like to see a draft. 

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I have projects in political philosophy, normative ethics, and metaphysics. I have two projects in political philosophy. First, I have a project in democratic theory. Over the last seven decades, an enormous amount of empirical evidence has accumulated about the failing of American democracy. My work in democratic theory explores the philosophical significance of these empirical results. Second, I have a project on economic justice. My view is that theorizing about justice is a kind of applied ethics, and so a dizzying array of moral principles bear on how we should organize our economic affairs. I have papers on how relational equality, property rights, gratitude, love, privacy and much else besides bear on questions of economic justice. In normative ethics, I am working on a joint project with Dr. Stefan Riedener on the foundations of our normative reasons. We believe that a large swathe of ethical phenomena can be understood in terms of contact with value. One can understand partiality, gratitude, compensation, promises, non-maleficence and well-being in terms of such contact. Indeed, we conjecture that all our normative reasons arise from such contact. Finally, in metaphysic my work is on ground. I have developed a coarse-grained conception of ground. I have outlined a logic for this conception, solved some paradoxes with it, and used it to prove some interesting principles about grounding. You can find many of the papers constituting these projects below.


  1. The Loving State. Inquiry: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy. Forthcoming. Paper hereAbstract.                                                          

  2. Review of Ethical Autonomy: The Rise of Self-Rule by Lucas Swaine. Journal of Moral Philosophy. Forthcoming. Paper here.                   

  3. Adam Lovett and Daniel Sharp. What Immigrants Owe. Ergo. Forthcoming. Paper hereAbstract.                                                                 

  4. Voter Motivation. Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy. 2022. Paper hereAbstract.                                                    

  5. Adam Lovett and Stefan Riedener. Group agents and moral status: what can we owe to organizations?. Canadian Journal of Philosophy. 2021. Paper here. Abstract.                                                 

  6. Must egalitarians condemn representative democracy?. Social Theory and Practice. 2021. Paper hereAbstract.                                                                                               

  7. Democratic Autonomy and the Shortcomings of Citizens. Journal of Moral Philosophy. 2020. Paper hereAbstract.                                                                                   

  8. Adam Lovett and Stefan Riedener. On Keeping Things in Proportion. Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy. 2019. Paper hereAbstract.                                                                                     

  9. The puzzles of ground. Philosophical Studies. 2019. Paper hereAbstract.                                                   

  10. A Simple Proof of Grounding Internality. Thought. 2019. Paper hereAbstract.                                                                          

  11. The logic of ground. Journal of Philosophical Logic. 2019. Paper hereAbstract.

In Preparation

The Ethics of Asymmetric Politics. Draft here. Abstract.

Egalitarian Anarchism. Draft here. Handout HereAbstract.  

Adam Lovett and Jake Zuehl. The Possibility of Democratic Autonomy. Draft hereAbstract

Gratitude as an Economic Ideal. Draft here. Abstract

Wealth, Consumption and Power. Draft here. Abstract.

Property and Non-Ideal Theory. Draft hereAbstract.

Adam Lovett and Stefan Riedener. Touching the Good. Draft hereAbstract.

Adam Lovett and Stefan Riedener. The Good Life as the Life in Touch with the Good. Draft here. Abstract.