Welcome to my website!
I am a researcher in moral, political, and legal philosophy. I work on several fields, including climate justice and climate ethics, environmental philosophy, global justice, animal ethics, intergenerational justice, the ethics of technological innovation, effective altruism, and citizenship theory. I am interested in topics such as sustainability, eco-anxiety, energy transition, citizenship, human rights, and ideal and non-ideal theory. I am also interested in the history of philosophy, especially the moral and political philosophy of Hutcheson, Rousseau, Kant, and Rawls.
I teach modern and political philosophy, on topics such as the philosophy of human rights, political liberalism, theories of sovereignty, political liberty, just war theories, intergenerational justice, global ethics, sustainability ethics, and climate ethics. I also regularly teach the political thought of Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Kant, Mill, Tocqueville, Arendt, and Rawls.
I am working on a research project on cosmopolitan citizenship and ecological citizenship at the Department of Politics and International Studies at the University of Warwick. This project is funded by a Swiss National Science Foundation research grant. It explores the possible relationships between cosmopolitan citizenship and ecological citizenship, and argues that instead of being independent of each other, or even in opposition to each other (as they tend to be presented in the literature), they rather mutually require each other.
I am currently teaching the history of political thought from Hobbes to Martin Luther King, including political writings from Locke, Rousseau, Wollstonecraft, Mill, Marx, Césaire, Fanon, Memmi, and Du Bois. I am also teaching contemporary political theory, on topics such as global poverty and egalitarianism, territorial and property rights, immigration, global justice, and climate justice.
This website provides access to information on my (short) biography, my (existing and forthcoming) publications, my (past and upcoming) talks, my teachings, and my reviewing and outreach activities.
If you want to get in touch with me, please send an email to Michel.Bourban@warwick.ac.uk.