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M.G.J. Boot, PhD

Assistant Professor
M.G.J. Boot, PhD


- University of Oxford, Balliol College

D.Phil. (Ph.D.), 2008           

Dissertation: Incommensurability, Incomplete Comparability and the Scales of Justice 

Supervisors: G. A. Cohen and Joseph Raz 

- London School of Economics and Political Science

M.Sc., Political Theory, 2002

- University of Utrecht

B.A., M.A., History (specialization: History of International Relations), 2001  


- Assistant Professor, University College Groningen, University of Groningen, August 2016 – Present

- Associate Researcher, Waseda Institute of Political Economy, Waseda University, Tokyo, April 2016 – August 2016

- Associate Professor in Normative Political Theory, School of Political Science and Economics, Department of Global Political Economy, Waseda University, Tokyo, April 2013 – March 2016

- Assistant Professor, School of Political Science and Economics, Waseda University, Tokyo, Japan, April 2011 – March 2013

- Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Philosophy Faculty, Practical Philosophy section, Erasmus University Rotterdam, May 2009 – March 2011

- Visiting Scholar, Philosophy Department, the University of Chicago, February 2008 – February 2009


- Kaken-hi Research Grant-in-Aid, the Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), 2015 to 2018

- The Arts and Humanities Research Council, doctoral award 2002 to 2005

- Project Grant, Domus Fund, Balliol College, Oxford University, 2006

- Project Grant, Department of Politics and International Relations, Oxford University 2006

- ‘Fundatie van de Vrij-Vrouwe van Renswoude te Utrecht’, the Netherlands. Postgraduate award, 2001


- ‘Problems of Incommensurability’, Social Theory and Practice 43 (2017): 313-342.

- ‘The Right Balance’, The Journal of Value Inquiry 51 (2017): 13-32.

- ‘Does value pluralism prevent consensus on justice?’ Acta Politologica 9 (2017): 3-16.

- ‘John Martin Fischer, Our Fate: Essays on God and Free Will (Oxford University Press)’, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews. May 25th (2016) [review article].

- ‘Zijn rechters partijdig?’ [‘Are judges biased?’], de Volkskrant. March 9th (2016). 

- ‘Radiation and Rational Deliberation’, Ars Vivendi Journal 7 (2015): 3-18.

- ‘Paradoxes of Conviction: Are nurtured beliefs irrational?’, Political Philosophy 18 (2015): 14-37.

- ‘Does Global Spread of Liberal Democracies Promote Consensus on Justice?’, Ritsumeikan Studies in Language and Culture 23 (2012): 85-102.

- ‘The Aim of a Theory of Justice’, Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 15 (2012): 7-21. 

- ‘Parity, Incomparability and Rationally Justified Choice’, Philosophical Studies 146 (2009): 75-92.


Incommensurability and Its Implications for Practical Reasoning, Ethics and Justice
(London and New York: Rowman & Littlefield International, 2017)

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