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David O'Brien


David O’Brien is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and a faculty member at Murphy Institute. Professor O'Brien received his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and specializes in political philosophy and normative ethics.  His academic interests also include applied ethics, the philosophy of education, and metaethics. 

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Selected Publications

  • The unit and currency of egalitarian concern. Journal of Moral Philosophy, advance online (2019).
  • Egalitarian nonconsequentialism and the levelling down objection. Ratio 32: 74-83 (2019)
  • Inequality of opportunity: some lessons from the case of highly selective universities. Theory and Research in Education 15: 53-60 (2017).

The Murphy Institute

Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), the Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.