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Brad McHose

Center for Ethics in Society Visiting Scholar (2014-2015)

Brad McHose received his PhD in philosophy from UCLA in 2007. Since then, he has been a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Ethics in Society at Stanford and at the Program on Values in Society at the University of Washington, where he taught for two additional years (on both the Tacoma and Seattle campuses). His research focuses on distributive justice, fair trade, and obligations of aid. More specifically, he is interested in the relations between these three topics and in the difficulties raised by the prerogative of partiality, the demandingness objection, and moral and empirical uncertainties. He is currently developing a limited, pragmatic principle of aid according to which, put very roughly, persons are morally obligated to contribute to the alleviation of poverty at least to the extent that they have benefitted from persons living in poverty—as often happens when one (prudently) purchases a product provided, at least in part, by the labor of such persons.