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Michael Moehler

2009-2010 CEPA Faculty Fellow

Michael Moehler is Associate Professor of Philosophy and Director of the PPE Program at at Virginia Tech. He has held a visiting position as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and taught in the joint Program in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics with Duke University. Professor Moehler received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from the London School of Economics and Political Science, a master’s degree in philosophy of the social sciences, a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and economics, and a bachelor’s degree in business studies. His main research interests lie in moral and political philosophy, with a special focus on the contractarian tradition and topics at the intersection of philosophy, politics, and economics.


“The Scope of Instrumental Morality,” Philosophical Studies, forthcoming

“Contractarian ethics and Harsanyi’s two justifications of utilitarianism,” Politics, Philosophy and Economics, 12 (2013): 24-47

“A Hobbesian derivation of the principle of universalization,” Philosophical Studies, 158 (2012): 83-107

“The (Stabilized) Nash Bargaining Solution as a Principle of Distributive Justice ,”Utilitas, 22 (2010), 447- 473.

“Neoclassical Economics,” Encyclopedia of Political Theory, ed. Mark Bevir, co-authored with Geoffrey Brennan, (SAGE Publications, 2010), Volume II, pp. 946-951.

“Justice and Peaceful Cooperation,” Journal of Global Ethics, 5 (2009), 195 – 214.

“Why Hobbes’ State of Nature is Best Modeled by an Assurance Game,” Utilitas, 21 (2009), pp. 297-326.