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Dr Thomas Rowe

Lecturer in Philosophy


Before joining King’s College London, I was a postdoc in PPE at Virginia Tech. I earned my PhD from the London School of Economics with a thesis on the ethics of risk and uncertainty. Before this, I studied PPE at the University of Manchester and received an MA in political theory at the University of Sheffield.

Research interests and PhD supervision

  • Ethics
  • Political Philosophy
  • Risk and uncertainty

My research is in the areas of ethics and political philosophy, with a particular focus on issues surrounding risk and uncertainty. Current projects include work on whether a risk of harm can itself be a harm, a paper on the enablement of wrongdoing whilst in the pursuit of good, and an experiment that examines individual ethical decision-making under conditions of risk and uncertainty.


  • Ethics
  • Political Philosophy
  • PPE

Selected publications

  • Thomas Rowe and Alex Voorhoeve, 2018, "Egalitarianism under Severe Uncertainty", Philosophy & Public Affairs, Vol. 46, Issue 3, pp. 239-268.
  • Thomas Rowe, 2019, "Risk and the Unfairness of Some Being Better Off at the Expense of Others", Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, Vol. 16, No. 1, pp. 1-23.
  • Simon Beard, Thomas Rowe, and James Fox, 2020, "An Analysis and Evaluation of Methods Currently Used to Quantify the Likelihood of Existential Hazards", Futures, Vol. 115, pp. 1-14.
  • Thomas Rowe, forthcoming, “Can a Risk of Harm itself be a Harm?", Analysis.