OLSARETTI, MARIA SERENA
I studied at the University of Oxford where I obtained a B.A. in Philosophy, Politics and Economics (1994), an M.Phil. (1996) and a D.Phil. in Political Philosophy (1999). I moved to Cambridge where I was a Research Fellow at Emmanuel College (1999-2001), and then joined the Faculty of Philosophy of the University of Cambridge, initially as a University Assistant Lecturer, then as a Lecturer, and, from 2005, as a University Senior Lecturer. From 2001 I was also a College Teaching Fellow at St. John's College in Cambridge. I joined ICREA and the Department of Humanities at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in 2010.
My research interests lie in contemporary moral and political philosophy and concern primarily egalitarianism, responsibility, family justice, the ethics of markets and well-being.
I am happy to supervise M.A. and Ph.D. theses in various areas of contemporary political and moral philosophy. Please feel free to contact me by email to discuss possible supervision topics.
(For a full list of publications, please consult my CV on my ICREA webpage)
"Autonomy and Children's Well-Being" (with Paul Bou-Habib), in A. Bagattini and C. Macleod (eds.), The Well-Being of Children, Dordrecht: Springer, 2015.
Freedom's Value: Some Persisting Questions for Amartya Sen's Capability Approach", Jurisprudence 5, 1 (2014), pp. 369-375.
"Equality, Autonomy and the Price of Parenting" (with Paul Bou-Habib), The Journal of Social Philosophy 44, 4 (2013), pp. 420-438.
"Children as Public Goods?", Philosophy & Public Affairs 41, 3 (2013), pp. 226-258.
"Rescuing Justice and Equality from Libertarianism", Economics and Philosophy 29 (2013), pp. 43-63; reprinted in A. Kaufman (ed.), Distributive Justice and Access to Advantage: G.A. Cohen's Egalitarianism, Cambridge University Press, 2015.
"Libertarianism and Coercion: A Reply to Barnes", Analysis 73, 2 (2013), pp. 295-299."Scanlon on Responsibility and the Value of Choice", The Journal of Moral Philosophy 10, 4 (2013), pp 465-483 [For Thomas Scanlon's reply, see pp. 484-7].
"Equality of Resources and the Demands of Authenticity" (with P. Bou-Habib), CRISPP (Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy), iFirst (2012), pp. 1-22.
"Responsibility and the Consequences of Choice", Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, Vol. CIX, Part 2 (2009), pp. 165-188.
"Choice, Circumstance and the Cost of Children", in I. Carter, Matthew Kramer, Steve de Wijze (eds.), Hillel Steiner and the Anatomy of Justice (Routledge, 2009)."Debate: The Concept of Voluntariness-A Reply", Journal of Political Philosophy 16, 1 (2008), pp. 112-121.