BiographyI was born and raised in San Diego, California. I thought I wanted to be an engineer, but taking calculus in my last year of high school changed that! Then I thought I wanted to be a journalist, but that turned out to just be something I needed to get out of my system. I finally stumbled into philosophy while at the University of Illinois, and knew right from the start that it was the subject for me. I went on to spend six wonderful years in Madison, living in a co-op, eating hearty midwestern food and working toward my PhD in philosophy. After that I was a postdoctoral fellow in bioethics at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, while living in Washington D.C. and exploring ever nook and cranny of the Smithsonian. I then became an assistant professor/faculty fellow at the Program in Environmental Studies and the Center for Bioethics at New York University. I pretty much lived like a tourist there, and came away thinking that the observation deck of Rockefeller Center is one of the most special places on earth. I now live in Edinburgh, Scotland, and work as a lecturer in the department of philosophy at the University of St. Andrews--a postcard of a town and a wonderful place to work if there ever was one.
Areas of Research / Professional Expertise
Within philosophy, I do research on applied ethics (especially bioethics and animal ethics), theoretical and applied political philosophy, ethical theory, philosophy of law, and coercion.
Sports--playing and watching--dancing (blues, lindy hop), singing, hiking, visiting castles, doing puzzles, and finding excuses to spend time with dogs!
Published: Aug 01, 2017 by Theory and research in Education
Authors: Benjamin Sachs
An explanation of how it can make sense to advocate fair equality of opportunity while taking meritocracy and broad liberty within the family as given, and a defense of a narrow principle of fair equality of opportunity against objections by Arneson and others.