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Michael Bennett

Teaching Associate, Faculty of Arts



I am a political theorist/philosopher in the interdisciplinary tradition of politics, philosophy and economics. My work focuses on the relationship between capitalism and democracy.

Until recently I worked on a research project at Utrecht University entitled "Private Property and Political Power in a Liberal-Democratic Society". We launched a Massive Online Open Course on Inequality and Democracy that's free for anyone to take. My research focused on business corporations: how to keep corporations accountable to the public good, and how corporations should engage with democracy.

In 2017, I completed my PhD at the University of York, entitled, "Democracy and its Relationship with the Market: Impartial Instrumentalism in Politics and Constitutional Design." I develop an epistemic justification of democracy, and look at how markets pose a challenge to democracy justified in these terms.

In 2019 I was a visitor at the London School of Economics, and in 2015 I was a visiting student at the University of Arizona. Before that, I did an MSc in Political Theory at Oxford University, and (some years before) a BA in History at Oxford.

Teaching Summary

I am teaching two modules at Nottingham this year:

Reasoning, Argument and Logic (first year; as a seminar tutor)

Knowledge, Ignorance and Democracy (third year; as module convenor)

Recent Publications

Department of Philosophy

University of Nottingham
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Nottingham, NG7 2RD

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