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Thom Brooks

Dean, Durham Law School & Professor of Law and Government
Durham University

Thom Brooks is an award-winning author, broadcaster, columnist and senior policy advisor frequently appearing on television and print media. His work has been cited in Parliament, high courts and recognized as one of the leading academics in Britain. Brooks is best known for his work in political philosophy (esp Hegel and punishment) as well as citizenship and immigration.

Areas of Research / Professional Expertise

    Advocacy, Asylum, British Idealism, British Politics, Citizenship, Criminal Law, Hegel, Immigration Law, Jurisprudence, Kant, Legal Philosophy, Multiculturalism, Political Philosophy, Public Policy, Punishment, Sentencing, UK Constitutional Law

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Asian Philosophy

In Search of Śiva: Mahādēviyakka's Vīraśaivism


Published: Jun 30, 2017 by Asian Philosophy
Authors: Thom Brooks
Subjects: Religion, Philosophy

I attempt to convey Mahādēvi's epistemology and its struggle to 'know' Śiva, necessitating a lifetime of searching for him; offer an interpretation of the innate presence of Śiva in the world and its consequences for epistemology; and explore the sense of tragic love inherent in devotional searching for Śiva.

Contemporary Social Science

Alcohol and Public Policy


Published: Jun 30, 2017 by Contemporary Social Science
Authors: Thom Brooks
Subjects: Sociology & Social Policy

Alcohol and its consumption is a major topic for public policy-making. Increases in public debate have come about through the growing awareness of the alcohol-related health problems among the general public. This article provides an important overview of the leading contemporary work in this area and the significant contributions made by social scientists.

The New Bioethics

Alcohol and Controlling Risks through Nudges


Published: Jun 30, 2017 by The New Bioethics
Authors: Thom Brooks
Subjects: Cognitive Neuroscience, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Sociology & Social Policy, Social Psychology

This article examines the relation of risks and public policy through the lens of alcohol and crime.

Journal of Global Ethics

Remedial responsibilities beyond nations


Published: Jun 30, 2017 by Journal of Global Ethics
Authors: Thom Brooks
Subjects: Philosophy

This article critically examines Miller's position that remedial responsibilities – the responsibilities of nations to remedy others in need – can and should only be satisfied by nations. I argue that the characteristics that define and justify a particular understanding of nationalism extend to further constructions of identity, such as religious affiliation and other connections.

Cambridge Review of International Affairs

Is Fair Trade a fair deal?


Published: Jun 30, 2017 by Cambridge Review of International Affairs
Authors: Thom Brooks
Subjects: Philosophy

Fair Trade strategies are an illustration of a policy proposal for how globalization can be transformed into global justice. This article examines the issue of how much autonomy is ‘sufficient’ and whether a resource-based solution, like Fair Trade, is likely to contribute to that project. It is argued that the threshold for sufficient autonomy is too imprecise and much more than Fair Trade policies is required if global trade is to become a fairer deal for all.

AJOB Neuroscience

Moral Frankensteins


Published: Jun 30, 2017 by AJOB Neuroscience
Authors: Thom Brooks
Subjects: Cognitive Neuroscience, Sociology & Social Policy, Philosophy

Moral Frankensteins

American Journal of Bioethics

Preserving Capabilities


Published: Jun 30, 2017 by American Journal of Bioethics
Authors: Thom Brooks
Subjects: Philosophy

Preserving Capabilities

American Journal of Bioethics

Should we nudge informed consent?


Published: Jun 30, 2017 by American Journal of Bioethics
Authors: Thom Brooks
Subjects: Cognitive Neuroscience, Sociology & Social Policy, Health and Social Care, Cognitive Psychology

Should we nudge informed consent?

Ethics, Policy and Environment

After Fukushima Daiichi: New Global Institutions for Improved Nuclear Power Poli


Published: Jun 30, 2017 by Ethics, Policy and Environment
Authors: Thom Brooks
Subjects: Sociology & Social Policy

It ought not be left to national governments alone to regulate the safe administration of nuclear power given the many threats to environmental safety and public health. This comment argues that global institutions may best address this problem. The comment concludes with recommendations on how nuclear power policy might be regulated.

Ethics, Policy & Environment

How Not to Save the Planet


Published: Jun 30, 2017 by Ethics, Policy & Environment
Authors: Thom Brooks
Subjects: Sociology & Social Policy, Philosophy, Environment and Sustainability

This article raises new ethical questions for climate change: what are the moral implications of a future climatic catastrophe that might be delayed at best? What practical consequences might these implications yield? This article argues most political philosophers have misunderstood the kind of problem that climate change presents and the daunting challenges we face.

Journal of Global Ethics

Not just war: Eisikovits on A Theory of Truces


Published: Jun 30, 2017 by Journal of Global Ethics
Authors: Thom Brooks

More work has gone into thinking about the philosophical justifications for starting a just war than bringing political violence to an end. The papers in this special section explore themes in Nir Eisikovits’s groundbreaking book A Theory of Truces and why truces deserve greater philosophical attention. This introduction briefly raises these issues and provides an overview of the papers.

International Journal of Philosophical Studies

Knowledge and Power in Plato’s Political Thought


Published: Jun 30, 2017 by International Journal of Philosophical Studies
Authors: Thom Brooks
Subjects: Philosophy, Classical Studies

This article argues that this justification takes two distinctly different sets of arguments. The first is what I shall call his ‘ideal political philosophy’ described primarily in the Republic as rule by philosopher‐kings wielding absolute authority over their subjects. Their authority stems solely from their comprehension of justice, from which they make political judgements on behalf of their city‐state.

Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy

Cosmopolitanism and distributing responsibilities


Published: Jun 30, 2017 by Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy
Authors: Thom Brooks
Subjects: Philosophy

David Miller raises a number of interesting concerns with both weak and strong variants of cosmopolitanism. This connection theory is problematic as it endorses a position where states that are causally and morally responsible for deprivation and suffering in other states may not be held remedially responsible for their actions. I suggest that an intermediary theory of cosmopolitanism offers one way of overcoming these difficulties.

Ethics & Global Politics

Rethinking remedial responsibilities


Published: Jun 30, 2017 by Ethics & Global Politics
Authors: Thom Brooks
Subjects: Philosophy

How should we determine which nations have a responsibility to remedy suffering elsewhere? Miller offers a connection theory of remedial responsibilities in response to this problem, a theory he has been developing over the last decade. This essay will explain this flaw and how Miller's theory might be reformulated into a two-tiered procedure that would take better account of this problem.

The European Legacy

Does Bevir's The Logic of the History of Ideas Improve Our Understanding of Hege


Published: Jun 30, 2017 by The European Legacy
Authors: Thom Brooks
Subjects: Philosophy

Does Bevir's The Logic of the History of Ideas Improve Our Understanding of Hegel's Philosophy of Right?

Ethics, Policy & Environment

Respect for Nature: The Capabilities Approach


Published: Jun 30, 2017 by Ethics, Policy & Environment
Authors: Thom Brooks
Subjects: Geography , Philosophy, Environment and Sustainability

Respect for Nature: The Capabilities Approach