Timothy Syme – Curriculum Vitae (pdf)

Areas of Specialization:

  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Moral Theory

Areas of Competence:

  • Early Modern Philosophy
  • Modern Continental Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Social Science


IE University, Madrid, International Teaching Fellow, September 2015 – present.


Brown University:

  • Ph.D. Philosophy, May 2015

Dissertation: Everyday Life and the Demands of Justice

Committee: David Estlund (Chair), Charles Larmore, Sharon Krause (Political Science)

University of Edinburgh:

  • M.A. (Hons) Philosophy and Politics, 2007 (First Class Honors)

Thesis Title: Political Participation in the UK: Progress and Problems.

Directed by Dr. Wilfried Swenden

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • ‘The Pervasive Structure Of Society’ in Philosophy and Social Criticism [forthcoming]

Papers In Preparation

  • ‘Effective Altruism, structural Harm and direct action’ (under review)
  • ‘The social epistemology of effective altruism’
  • ‘Rawls’ radical social theory’
  • ‘Social permissions, parental partiality and the moral division of labor’

 External Presentations:

  • ‘Everyday Life and the Demands of Justice’, Political Philosophy Conference – Economic Justice and Political Action, University of Barcelona, 2015
  • ‘Sociology and Social Justice’, Collective Intentionality IX, Bloomington, Indiana, 2014
  • ‘Three Senses of Political’, X is Political: 17th Annual Comparative Literature Intra-Student Faculty Forum, Ann Arbor, Michigan, 2013

 Presentations at Brown:

  • ‘Communities of Practice: A Context-Relative Account of Social Justice’, Graduate Political Philosophy Workshop, 2014
  • ‘What are societies? Bounded Communities and the Ethical Demands of Justice’, Philosophy Dissertation Workshop, 2014
  • ‘Stability, Ethos and Egalitarian Greed’, Graduate Political Philosophy Workshop, 2013
  • Responsibility for Justice: Change the Way You Live’’, Philosophy Dissertation Workshop, 2013
  • ‘How is X political?’ Graduate Political Philosophy Workshop, 2013
  • ‘How is X political?’, Mellon Graduate Student Workshop, Publics and Politics: Liberal Democracy and the Cultural Turn, 2013
  • ‘Individuals and the Demands of Justice’, Philosophy Dissertation Workshop, 2012
  • ‘Normative Individualism and Group Agency’ to Philosophy Dissertation Workshop, 2012
  • ‘Basic Structure: The Subject of Justice’ Graduate Political Philosophy Workshop, 2012
  • ‘Democratizing Citizenship’, Graduate Political Philosophy Workshop, 2012
  • ‘Rawls on Desert’, Graduate Political Philosophy Workshop, 2011
  • ‘Plato’s Democratic Man: An Ambiguity in the State-Soul Analogy’, Philosophy Dissertation Workshop, Fall, 2011.


Course Instructor: Course design and teaching

  • Political Theory – 18th Century to Present, IE University, Fall 2015
  • Contemporary Moral Problems, Brown University, Spring 2014
  • Democracy: Philosophy, Politics and Power; Summer@Brown Program, 2011-2015

Teaching Assistant: Grading and discussion sections

  • Ethics and the Novel, Brown University, Fall 2013 (Felicia Nimue Ackerman)
  • Marxism; Brown University, Spring 2012 (Charles Larmore)
  • Early Modern Philosophy; Brown University, Spring 2011 (Justin Broakes)
  • Introduction to Political Philosophy; Brown University, Fall 2010 (David Estlund)
  • Existentialism; Brown University, Spring 2010 (Bernard Reginster)
  • Environmental Ethics; Brown University, Fall 2009 (Jason Brennan)


  • Conference Co-organizer (with David McIlroy): Shapiro Philosophy Graduate Conference, Fall 2011
  • Coordinator, Graduate Political Philosophy Workshop, Fall 2011
  • Graduate Student Department Representative, Fall 2008-Spring 2010

Graduate Coursework and Instructors (* = audit):

  • 19th Century Philosophy (Bernard Reginster)
  • Metaphysics of Mind (Jaegwon Kim)
  • Philosophy of Bernard Williams (Charles Larmore)
  • Analytic Philosophy Proseminar (Katherine Dunlop)
  • Value Theory Proseminar (Nomy Arpaly)
  • Philosophical Issues from Freud* (Bernard Reginster)
  • Epistemology (Josh Schechter)
  • 20th Century Continental Philosophy* (Charles Larmore)
  • Philosophical Logic (Joshua Schechter)
  • Ancients and Moderns (Sharon Krause)
  • Understanding Actions (Jaegwon Kim)
  • Rawls (Charles Larmore)
  • Ideal Theory and Political Philosophy (David Estlund)
  • The Ethics of Belief (Charles Larmore)
  • Plato’s Republic (Mary Louise Gill)
  • Groups as Agents* (David Estlund)
  • Democracy, Justice and the Law (Corey Brettschneider)
  • Realism and Idealism in Political Philosophy* (David Estlund)
  • Freedom* (Sharon Krause)

 Related Academic Positions:

  • Instructor, Summer@Brown Pre-College Program, 2011-2015
  • Teaching Assistant, Austrian Education Ministry/British Council, 2007

 Awards and Honors:

  • Brown University Dissertation Completion Fellowship 2013 – 2014
  • Brown University Graduate Fellowship 2008 – 2013
  • Bruce of Grangehill Prize in Philosophy, 2006
  • Simon Gray Prize in Politics, 2005


David Estlund
Lombardo Family Professor of Humanities, Department of Philosophy, Brown University

Charles Larmore
Duncan MacMillan Family Professor in the Humanities, Department of Philosophy, Brown University

Sharon Krause
Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Brown University