Biography

Alexander Brown received his PhD from the Department of Philosophy, University College London (UCL) (2005). He was a lecturer in political theory in the Department of Political Science at UCL (2005-9) before coming to UEA in September 2009.

He Tweets (@iAlexanderBrown) and blogs (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/author/dr-alexander-brown)

He is the author of four research monographs:

A Theory of Legitimate Expectations for Public Administration (Oxford University Press, 2017) - This book is an attempt to develop a new theory of legitimate expectations for public administration at the centre of which lies my original account of what lends legitimacy to expectations and my argument that governmental administrative authorities should be liable for damage they cause by creating and then frustrating legitimate expectations on the part of non-governmental agents.

Hate Speech Law: A Philosophical Examination (Routledge, 2015) - "Brown is absolutely right to emphasize the plurality of types of regulation, argumentation and hate speech; he is also spot on in stressing that different arguments are better suited to different types of regulation and/or hate speech. The book also brings disparate literatures into fruitful contact. For these reasons, I definitely recommend it." - Mary Kate McGowan, Wellesley College

Personal responsibility: Why it Matters (Continuum, 2009) - “This is clear, comprehensive, original and engagingly written study of the role responsibility might play in our moral and political lives.” - Jonathan Wolff, University College London

Ronald Dworkin’s Theory of Equality: Domestic and Global Perspectives (Palgrave, 2009) - “Packed with arguments and insights, this excellent adaptation of Dworkin's equality of resources to the global sphere is a welcome addition to the growing literature on global distributive justice, and will be sure to excite wide-ranging discussion and criticism.” - Andrea Sangiovanni, King's College, London

He is also the author of numerous articles and chapters on issues of free speech, equality, personal responsibility, and legitimate expectations, some of which have been published in the following international peer-reviewed journals: Journal of Political Philosophy; Law and Philosophy; Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence; Politics, Philosophy, and Economics; European Journal of Political Theory; Rethinking Marxism; Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy; Journal of Applied Philosophy; Social Theory and Practice; Ethical Theory and Moral Practice; Res Publica; British Journal for the History of Philosophy; Public Reason; Human Rights Review; Journal of Philosophy of Education; Imprints; Ethical Perspectives.

Career History

Reader in Political and Legal Theory, in the School of Politics, Philosophy and Language and Communication Studies, UEA (2017-)

Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Social and Political Theory, in the School of Politics, Philosophy and Language and Communication Studies, UEA (2014-17)

Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Social and Political Theory, in the School of Political, Social and International Studies, UEA (2012-14)

Lecturer in Contemporary Social and Political Theory, in the School of Political, Social and International Studies, UEA (2009-2012)

Lecturer in Political Theory, in the Department of Political Science, UCL (2005-9)

Academic Background

PhD in Political Philosophy, UCL (2005)

MA in Philosophy, UCL (1997)

BSocSci in Political Science and Philosophy, University of Birmingham (1996)

All Publications

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Brown, A.

(2017)

What is hate speech? Part 2: Family Resemblances,

in Law and Philosophy

36

(5)

pp. 561–613

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Brown, A.

(2017)

A Theory of Legitimate Expectations,

in Journal of Political Philosophy

Full Text UEA Repository

(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Brown, A.

(2017)

What is hate speech? Part 1: The Myth of Hate,

in Law and Philosophy

36

(4)

pp. 419–468

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(Article)

(Published)


Brown, A.

(2017)

What is so special about online (as compared to offline) hate speech?,

in Ethnicities

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(Article)

(E-pub ahead of print)


Brown, A.

(2017)

The “Who?” Question in the Hate Speech Debate: Part 2: Functional and Democratic Approaches,

in Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence

30

(1)

pp. 23-55

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Brown, A.

(2017)

The Politics Behind the Introduction of Stirring Up Religious Hatred Offences in England and Wales,

in Politics, Religion and Ideology

18

(1)

pp. 42-72

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(Published)


Brown, A.

(2016)

Narrow Versus Comprehensive Justification in Humanitarian Aid: A Case Study of the CERF,

in International Development and Human Aid : Principles, Norms and Institutions for the Global Sphere.

Edinburgh University Press

ISBN 9781474414470

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Brown, A.

(2016)

The “Who?” Question in the Hate Speech Debate: Part 1: Consistency, Practical, and Formal Approaches,

in Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence

29

(2)

pp. 275-320

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Brown, A.

(2016)

Global equality of resources and the problem of valuation,

in Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy

19

(5)

pp. 609-628

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Brown, A.

(2015)

Principles of Stakes Fairness in Sport,

in Politics, Philosophy and Economics

14

(2)

pp. 152-186

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Brown, A.

(2015)

Hate Speech Law: A Philosophical Examination,

Routledge

ISBN 0415885477

UEA Repository

(Book)

(Published)


Brown, A.

(2014)

What Should Egalitarians Believe if they Really are Egalitarian?: A reply to Martin O’Neill,

in European Journal of Political Theory

13

(4)

pp. 453-469

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Brown, A.

(2014)

Marx on Exploitation: A Kantian Perspective,

in Rethinking Marxism

26

(3)

pp. 360–381

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Brown, A.

(2012)

Rawls, Buchanan, and the Legal Doctrine of Legitimate Expectations,

in Social Theory and Practice

38

(4)

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Brown, A.

(2011)

Justifying Compensation for Frustrated Legitimate Expectations,

in Law and Philosophy

30

(6)

pp. 699-728

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Brown, A.

(2011)

Moral Responsibility and Jointly Determined Consequences,

in Compatibilist Responsibility: Beyond Free Will and Determinism.

Springer

(Chapter (peer-reviewed))

(Published)


Brown, A.

(2011)

Should a Just Society Neutralise Luck?,

in The Philosophers’ Magazine

55

(September)

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Brown, A.

(2011)

“The Slavery of the Not So Talented”,

in Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

14

pp. 185-196

UEA Repository

(Article)

(Published)


Brown, A.

(2010)

On behalf of J. S. Mill's 'Assumption of Infallibility' Argument,

in British Journal for the History of Philosophy

18

(5)

pp. 857-873

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Brown, A.

(2010)

On the Public Reason of the Society of Peoples,

in Public Reason

2

pp. 43-60

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(Article)

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Key Research Interests

Alexander’s current research interests fall within the following areas: contemporary Anglo-American political philosophy and public affairs, jurisprudence, and the history of political thought. 

He is particularly focused on: hate speech (free speech and its limits); legitimate expectations in the field of public administration; personal responsibility; global resource inequality.

 

Teaching Interests

Alexander is available to teach on Distributive Justice (UG yr 3), Political Philosophy (UG yr 2), Advanced Themes in Political Philosophy (UG yr 3), Multiculturalism (UG yr 3), Western Political Thought (UG yr 2), Social and Political Theory (UG yr 1), Philosophical Problems (UG yr 1), and Free Speech (MA).

He is available to supervise PhD research in the areas of political philosophy, political theory including but not limited to the history of political thought, and jurisprudence.

 

 

External Activities and Indicators of Esteem

  • Short piece, 'New evidence shows public supports banning hate speech against people with disabilities', The Conversation, March 2017 (https://theconversation.com/new-evidence-shows-public-supports-banning-hate-speech-against-people-with-disabilities-73807). Reproduced by Yahoo News, and The Huffington Post UK.
  • blog piece, 'Ruling On Fatima Manji Is Further Proof That Ipso Fails As A Press Regulator', The Huffington Post UK, October 2016 (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-alexander-brown/fatima-manji_b_12583166.html). Republication of 'Ruling on Fatima Manji is further proof that IPSO fails as a press regulator', The Conversation, October 2016
  • blog piece, 'Assessing the UK Government’s Plan for Tackling Hate Crime in the Wake of the Japan Knife Attack', The Huffington Post UK, July 2016 (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-alexander-brown/uk-knife-crime_b_11228940.html). Republication of 'People With Disabilities, Transgendered Identities and Women Still Fair Game for Hate Speech Online', The Times (The Brief), June 2016
  • blog piece, 'People With Disabilities, Transgendered Identities and Women Still Fair Game for Hate Speech Online', The Huffington Post UK, June 2016 (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-alexander-brown/people-with-disabilities-_4_b_10273714.html). Republication of 'More needs to be done to ban online hate speech', Shanghai Daily, June 2016
  • blog piece, 'Rethinking the Katie Hopkins Affair', The Huffington Post UK, June 2015 (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-alexander-brown/rethinking-the-katie-hopkins-affair_b_7159498.html)
  • blog piece, 'Great Expectations: How the Decision to Fund Schools is Keeping Old Promises', The Huffington Post UK, February 2013 (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/dr-alexander-brown/great-expectations-how-th_b_2255529.html)

Professional Activities

  • External examiner for MPhil research degree, University College London, 2014-
  • External examiner for MA Human Rights, Roehampton University, 2010-14
  • Referee for: Oxford University Press; Cambridge University Press; Polity Press; Political Studies; British Journal of Political Science; American Journal of Political Science; Politics, Philosophy, and Economics; Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy; Res Publica; Policy and Politics; Human Rights Review; Journal of Global Ethics; Theoria; Social Theory and Practice
  • Panel speaker: ‘Actionable Injuries in Hate Speech Cases’, Loyola Colloquium in Constitutional Law (Chicago) 2016
  • Invited speaker: ‘Justice and Legitimate Expectations’, Workshop on legitimate expectations, University of Graz (Graz) 2016
  • Panel speaker: ‘The “Who” Question in the Hate Speech Debate’, International Network for Hate Studies Biennial Conference (Limerick) (2016)
  • Panel speaker: ‘What is hate speech?’, American Philosophical Association (APA) Pacific Meeting (San Francisco) 2016
  • Invited speaker: 'The "Who?" Question in the Hate Speech Debate, Workshop on Hate Speech, Senate House (London) 2015
  • Invited speaker: 'Averting Your Eyes in the Information Age: Hate Speech, the Internet, and the Captive Audience Doctrine', Workshop on free speech at Dartmouth College (Vermont) 2015
  • Invited speaker: 'Hate Speech Law and Principled Compromise', Workshop on free speech at the University of Queensland (Brisbane) 2014
  • Invited speaker: ‘Global Equality of Resources and the Problem of Valuation’, British Academy Sponsored Workshop on Global Justice (Glasgow) 2013
  • Panel speaker: ‘Group Libel and Dignity: A Reply to Waldron’, Loyola Colloquium in Constitutional Law (Chicago) 2012
  • Invited speaker: ‘Rawls, Buchanan, and the Legal Doctrine of Legitimate Expectations’, London School of Economics Political Theory Seminar (London) 2011
  • Invited speaker: ‘Hate Speech’, Royal Institute of Philosophy Lecture, University of Roehamption (London) 2011

Administrative Posts

  • Sector Director of Postgraduate Research (Politics) (2017)
  • Director of BA Politics, MA Politics, MA Political Theory, MA Public Policy (2015)
  • School Director of Postgraduate Taught Degrees (2013-14)
  • Faculty Peer Review Pool (Grant applications) (2013- )
  • School Deputy Director of Postgraduate Research (2012-13)
  • School Director of Postgraduate Research (2011-12)
  • School Enterprise and Engagement Officer (2010-11)