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Dr Brian Carey

Assistant Professor in Political Theory

BA, MA, MSc (National University of Ireland), PhD (Manchester)

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Assistant Professor in Political Theory in the School of Government and International AffairsRoom 008, Southend House+44 (0) 191 33 45218


Brian completed his PhD in Political Theory at the University of Manchester in 2015, having previously completed a MSc in Human Rights at University College Dublin, and a BA and MA in Philosophy at University College Cork. Before joining the School of Government and International Affairs in 2021, he was a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Philosophy at Trinity College Dublin, a Postdoctoral Researcher in Political Theory at the University of Limerick, and a temporary lecturer in the Philosophy Department at University College Cork.

He is interested in a wide range of issues in contemporary political theory and moral philosophy, with a particular focus on questions involving political feasibility, and public deliberation under non-ideal circumstances. His published work includes articles relating to methodology in contemporary political theory, paternalism, public deliberation, citizenship, and theories of distributive justice. He has a secondary research interest in linguistic justice and has published work on language rights and language policy in the European Union. 

Brian is currently working on a number of projects relating to these interests, including a book-length project on the topic of political feasibility in non-ideal circumstances, and a project on the relationship between theories of linguistic justice and sign language communities. Smaller works in progress include a paper on the role of hypocritical speech in public deliberation, a paper on the concept of echo chambers co-authored with Dr. Elizabeth Ventham (Liverpool), and a paper on discrimination in employment opportunities. 

Research interests

  • Ideal and Non-Ideal Theory
  • Political Feasibility
  • Linguistic Justice & Language Policy
  • Public Deliberation
  • Social Epistemology
  • Methodology in Contemporary Political Theory
  • Public Reason Liberalism
  • Paternalism & Autonomy
  • Distributive Justice