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Prof. Dr. Matthew Braham

braham_sq Prof. Dr. Matthew Braham
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Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Professor - Politische Philosophie / Political Philosophy


Functions
Head of Department
Coordinator: Philosophy & Economics Programme
Chair of Exam Board: Philosophy & Economics (BA & MA)

I was born in Montreal, Canada, and educated in England. Academically, I have always been interdisciplinary in my outlook and training, although I am a specialist in my research. My B.Sc is in Human Sciences from University College London (1987-1990) and my MSc in Economic and Social History from the University of Oxford (1995-1996). Both degree programmes greatly influenced my thinking about science, education, and programme design and development. I completed my doctoral degree in economics at the University of Hamburg with a collection of essays on "Power, Freedom and Success" (1998-2004). The essays were all subsequently published in a variety of international journals. I turned to philosophy during the latter stages of my doctorate when I discovered the power of the formal tools of game theory and social choice theory to clarify and develop foundational concepts in moral and political philosophy. After completing my doctorate I stayed on at the University of Hamburg as a lecturer in economics until summer of 2007, when I moved into philosophy on a full-time basis as an assistant professor in ethics in the Faculty of Philosophy at the University of Groningen. I was appointed to my current position in October 2010 and became Head of Department of Philosophy and Coordinator of the P&E Programme in October 2012.

My association with the Department began in the winter semester of 2004-05 when I held the Adam Smith Guest Professorship in the P&E programme. Since taking taking up my professorship I have led (with Hartmut Egger from Economics) the re-development of the MA degree into a top-level graduate education that matches the best on offer in the field. I have also spared no effort to internationalize our Department in order to create a modern research environment that is lively, open, and friendly. We should be a place for pursuing top-level international research and a place for young philosophers to have diverse opportunities to learn how to actually do philosophy in a research-led curriculum. I am avid experimenter with teaching methods and curricular design.

The Central European University, Budapest bestowed on me the 2nd European Award for Excellence in Teaching in the Social Sciences and Humanities in September 2013. This is an award that I am distinctly proud of for I am committed educationalist.

You can read about my research on the next tab (Schwerpunkte) ...

braham_sq

Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Professor - Politische Philosophie / Political Philosophy


Areas of Specialization
Moral and political philosophy, political theory, game theory.

Areas of Competence
metaethics, philosophy of economics, decision theory, ‘law and economics’, social choice

My research is focussed on power, freedom, causation, responsibility, Kant, and libertarianism, and the norms of policy-making (much of this is joint work with Martin van Hees). My research is characterized by the application of formal methods from game theory and social choice. I have also published on voting rules, voting power, and topics in law & economics. You can m these papers under the "Publikationen" tab.

braham_sq

Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Professor - Politische Philosophie / Political Philosophy


Journal Publications

Braham, M. and van Hees, M. (2015). The Impossibility of Pure Libertarianism, Journal of Philosophy 111: 420–436.

Braham, M. and van Hees, M. (2015). The Formula of Universal Law: A Reconstruction. Erkenntnis 80: 243–260.

Braham, M. and van Hees, M. (2014). Ordering the Right and the Good, Practically Speaking. Journal of Value Inquiry 48: 95–105.

Braham, M. and van Hees, M. (2012). An Anatomy of Responsibility. Mind 121: 601–634.

Braham, M. and van Hees, M. (2011). Responsibility Voids. Philosophical Quarterly 61: 6–15.

Braham, M. and van Hees, M. (2009). Degrees of Causation. Erkenntnis 71: 323–344.

Braham, M. (2007). Adam Smith’s Concept of Social Welfare. Acta Philosophica Fennica 83: 187–206.

Braham, M. and Steffen, F. (2007). The Chairman’s Paradox Revisited. Social Choice and Welfare 21: 231–253.

Braham, M. (2006). Measuring Specific Freedom. Economics and Philosophy 22: 1–17.

Bolle, F. and Braham, M. (2006). A Difficulty with Oaths: On Trust, Trustworthiness, and Signalling. European Journal of Law and Economics 22: 219–232.

Braham, M. (2005). Causation and the Measurement of Power, Homo Oeconomicus 22: 645–653 (special issue Power Measures III, edited by G. Gambarelli and M.J. Holler).

Braham, M. and Holler, M.J. (2005). Power and Preferences Again: A Reply. Journal of Theoretical Politics 17: 389–395.

Braham, M and Holler M.J. (2005). The Impossibility of a Preference-based Power Index. Journal of Theoretical Politics 17: 135–157.

Braham, M. and Steffen, F. (2003). Voting Rules in Insolvency Law: A Simple-Game Theoretic Approach, International Review of Law and Economics 22: 421–442.

Braham, M. and Braham, M.L. (2003). Romani Migrations and EU Enlargement: Reply to Critics and Some Epistemological Considerations for Policy-Making, Nationalities Papers 31: 47–61.

Braham, M. (2000). Non-Contractual Relations in Business Re-Examined: A Critical Assessment of Macaulay’s Legal Realism. Homo Oeconomicus 16: 463–472.

Braham, M. and Braham, M.L. (2000). Romani Migrations and EU Enlargement. Cambridge Review of International Affairs 13: 97–117.

Bolle, F., Braham, M. and Steland, A. (1999). Saving the Honour of Weimar? Remarks on Rankings. Homo Oeconomicus 16, 205–217.


Book Chapters

Braham, M. (2008). Social Power and Social Causation, in M. Braham and F. Steffen (eds), Power, Freedom, and Voting, Springer.

Braham, M. and Holler, M.J. (2008). Distributing Causal Responsibility in Collectivities, in R. Gekker, and T. Boylan (eds), Economics, Rational Choice, and Normative Philosophy, Routledge.

Braham, M. (2010) Entries on ‘Causation’ and ‘Preference vs. Non-Preference Based Concepts’, in K. M. Dowding (ed.) Encyclopedia of Power, Sage.

Braham, M. and Härmälä, T. (2002). Comment on Bruno S. Frey and Marcel Kucher, People Pay for Power, in M.J. Holler et al. (eds), Jahrbuch für Neue Politische Ökonomie, vol. 20, Tübingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 168–176.

Braham, M. and Steffen, F. (2002). Voting Power in Games with Abstentions, in M.J. Holler et al. (eds), Jahrbuch für Neue Politische Ökonomie, vol. 20, Tübingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 333–348.

Braham, M. and Steffen, F. (2002). Comment on Gianfranco Gambarelli and Guillermo Owen, Power in Political and Business Structures, in M.J. Holler et al. (eds), Jahrbuch für Neue Politische Ökonomie, vol. 20, Tübingen: Mohr-Siebeck, 69–78.


Edited Volumes

Braham, M. and Steffen, F. (eds) (2008). Power, Freedom, and Voting. Springer.


Translations

Economic Analysis of Civil Law by Hans-Bernd Schäfer and Claus Ott, Edward Elgar (2004) (Orig.: Ökonomische Analyse des Zivilrechts (3rd edn) Springer, 2000).


braham_sq

Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Professor - Politische Philosophie / Political Philosophy


Summer Semester 2015

I will be on teaching leave during this semester. Please come back in the autumn!

P&E-Lehrveranstaltungsportal / P&E Course Organizer

braham_sq

Kulturwissenschaftliche Fakultät
Professor - Politische Philosophie / Political Philosophy


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