CV

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

Employment:  

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

Education:

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.

Teaching

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)

Service:

  • 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

 References:

David Estlund
Lombardo Family Professor of Humanities, Department of Philosophy, Brown University
401.863.6346; David_Estlund@Brown.edu

Charles Larmore
Duncan MacMillan Family Professor in the Humanities, Department of Philosophy, Brown University
401.863.6346; Charles_Larmore@Brown.edu

Sharon Krause
Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Brown University
401.863.2825; Sharon_Krause@Brown.edu