Jessica JT Fischer
University College London
I am a PhD candidate in the Department of Philosophy at University College London and, from autumn 2021, will be a postdoctoral fellow at the Justitia Center for Advanced Studies, Goethe University Frankfurt. From 2022 – 2024, I will be a Leverhulme postdoctoral fellow at the LMU Munich.
Previously, I’ve been a visiting researcher at Princeton University and have also spent time at the Sorbonne IV. Among others, I’ve presented my work at the Arizona Workshop in Normative Ethics, and at the Junior Scholars Workshop, Stanford University.
My research takes place in the fields of normative ethics and political philosophy. In my work, I challenge the commonly accepted belief that, when costs are equal, we ought to bring about more good rather than less good. The belief that we have such a pro tanto duty to maximize the good underwrites a large range of popular, largely consequentialist approaches in governmental distribution of resources, health care, responses to disaster, and individual action. I suggest that such approaches need to be revaluated and propose that moral theories which include a pro tanto duty to maximize the good, fail to accurately reflect a range of our common-sense intuitions.