Dr David Axelsen

Senior Lecturer
Department of Government
Dr David Axelsen



University of Essex

  • Lecturer, Government, University of Essex (1/8/2019 - present)

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Discourse, Morality and Power (GV252)

  • Political Theory (GV908)

  • Research Seminar in Political Theory and Methods (GV909)

  • Human Rights, Social Justice and Social Change (HU928)


Journal articles (16)

Axelsen, D. and Nielsen, L., Harsh and Disrespectful: Rescuing Moral Agency from Luck and Choice. Social Theory and Practice. 46 (4), 657-679

Christensen, J., Parr, T. and Axelsen, D., (2022). Justice for Millionaires?. Economics and Philosophy. 38 (3), 333-353

Axelsen, D., (2022). When the state doesn’t commit: A review essay of Julian Culp’s Democratic Education in a Globalized World. Ethics and Global Politics. 15 (1)

Nielsen, L. and Axelsen, DV., (2022). Envy, Levelling-Down, and Harrison Bergeron Defending Limitarianism from Three Common Objections. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice. 25 (5), 737-753

Nielsen, L. and Axelsen, DV., (2022). Correction to: Envy, Levelling Down, and Harrison Bergeron: Defending Limitarianism Against Three Common Objections. Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

Spiekermann, K., Slavny, A., Axelsen, D. and Lawford-Smith, H., (2021). Big Data Justice: A Case for Regulating the Global Information Commons. The Journal of Politics. Online (2), 577-588

Nielsen, L. and Axelsen, DV., (2021). Being Responsible and Holding Responsible: On the Role of Individual Responsibility in Political Philosophy. Res Publica. 27 (4), 641-659

Slavny, A., Spiekermann, K., Lawford-Smith, H. and Axelsen, D., (2020). Directed Reflective Equilibrium: Thought Experiments and How to Use Them. Journal of Moral Philosophy. 18 (1), 1-25

Axelsen, DV. and Bidadanure, J., (2019). Unequally egalitarian? Defending the credentials of social egalitarianism. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy. 22 (3), 335-351

Axelsen, DV., Bidadanure, J. and Meijers, T., (2019). Equality, responsibility, and justice. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy. 22 (3), 237-244

Axelsen, DV., (2019). Against institutional conservatism. Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy. 22 (6), 637-659

Axelsen, DV., (2019). Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society, Eric A. Posner and E. Glen Weyl. Princeton University Press, 2018, xxii + 337 pages.. Economics and Philosophy. 35 (3), 569-574

Nielsen, L. and Axelsen, DV., (2017). Capabilitarian Sufficiency: Capabilities and Social Justice. Journal of Human Development and Capabilities. 18 (1), 46-59

Axelsen, DV. and Nielsen, L., (2015). Sufficiency as Freedom from Duress. Journal of Political Philosophy. 23 (4), 406-426

Axelsen, DV., (2013). The State Made Me Do It: How Anti-cosmopolitanism is Created by the State. Journal of Political Philosophy. 21 (4), 451-472

Nielsen, L. and Axelsen, DV., (2012). Three strikes out: Objections to Shlomi Segall's luck egalitarian justice in health. Ethical Perspectives. 19 (2), 307-316

Books (1)

Axelsen, DV., (2019). Luck Egalitarianism Kasper Lippert-rasmussen and His Critics. Routledge. 0367339854. 9780367339852

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