Dr Joshua Hobbs

Dr Joshua Hobbs


I primarily work on the topic of cosmopolitan motivation. I am fascinated by questions of global ethics, especially the role of emotions in understanding our obligations to distant others. I recently completed a PhD in Political Philosophy at the University of Leeds in the Department of Politics and International Studies on the topic of 'Cosmopolitan Sentiment: Motivating Global Justice'. Prior to this I completed a Master's Degree in Political Theory at the University of Sheffield and a BA(Hons) in Philosophy at the University of Nottingham. I have a diverse professional background and have held a variety of jobs in a variety of countries; including two years as an English Teacher in South Korea, time in the retail and events sectors in Melbourne and Edinburgh, and more colourful employment at a pawnbrokers, a game estate, and an avocado farm.

Research interests

I am primarily interested in the role of emotions in understanding our obligations to distant others, the apparent motivation gap facing cosmopolitan duties, and the legitimacy of nudge and strategies of 'sentimental education' as means to encourage moral action. 

I am also interested in issues related to community and belonging, moral demandingness, and legitimate partiality.

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  • PhD, University of Leeds, 2018
  • Masters in Political Theory, University of Sheffield, 2012
  • BA(hons) Philosophy, University of Nottingham
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

Professional memberships

  • Association for Social and Political Philosophy (ASPP)

Student education

I spent two years teaching English in South Korea where I developed a love of teaching. During my time at Sheffield I was fortunate to be able to develop this further through involvment with the award-winning outreach programme Philosophy in the City. Since coming to Leeds I have taught Political Philosophy in the Department of Politics and International Studies and now teach Applied and Interdisciplinary Ethics at the IDEA Centre. 

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