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Iwao Hirose

Associate professor at McGill University.

Postes occupés

2014-2015 à aujourd'hui Membre régulier-ère,


I am associate professor at McGill. I have been working in lovely Montreal since 2007. Before that, I was employed at University College, Oxford and Harvard University. I also held visiting posts at University of Melbourne; Universite Catholique de Louvain; University of Stockholm; University of Tokyo; St Anne’s College, Oxford; New York University; Fondation Brocher; College d’Etudes Mondiales, Paris. The area of my research is axiology and its applicaitons to public policy: in other words, ethics and some parts of political philosophy and economics.

Recent publications



  • « Saving the greater number without combining claims », Analysis, 61 (2001).
  • « Aggregation and numbers », Utilitas, 16 (2004).
  • « Intertemporal distributive judgments », Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 8 (2005).
  • « Weighted lotteries in life and death cases », Ratio, 20 (2007).
  • « Aggregation and non-utilitarian moral theories », Journal of Moral Philosophy, 4 (2007).
  • « Why be formal? », in Leopold, D. and M. Stears, (eds.) Political Theory: Methods and Approaches. Oxford University Press (2008).
  • « Reconsidering the value of equality », Australasian Journal of Philosophy, 87 (2009).
  • « Should we select people randomly? », Bioethics, 24 (2010).
  • « Prioritarianism and Egalitarianism », in Brooks, T. (ed.) New Waves in Ethics. Palgrave Macmillan (2011).
  • « The Americans with Disabilities Act and Health Care Allocation », Problema, 4 (2011).
  • « Aggregation and the Separateness of Persons », Utilitas, 25 (2013).
  • “Skepticism about value aggregation”, in Hirose, I. and J. Olson (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of Value Theory. Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
  • “Separability” in Hirose, I. and A. Reisner (eds.) Weighing and Reasoning. Oxford University Press (forthcoming).
  • « Axiological sufficientarianism » in Fourie C. and R. Annette (eds.) How Much Is Enough? Suuffciency and Thresholds in Health Care. Oxford University Press (forthcoming).

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