I’m a philosopher working mainly in ethics and political philosophy. My research focuses on issues of moral status and distributive justice. A large portion of my research is dedicated to interpreting, defending and exploring the implications of “basic equality,” the idea that all human beings are equal in moral status, and deserve to be treated “as equals” by fellow human beings and by the state.

My work on distributive justice focuses these days on cosmopolitanism as an ideal of distributive justice, and on just distributions in primary and secondary education. In addition, I am currently writing papers discussing the moral status of individuals in Permanent Vegetative States (PVS) and individuals with profound cognitive disabilities.

Pronouncing my first name can be tricky.  I therefore go by Net, to the satisfaction of all.


nethanel (at) uchicago (dot) edu