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Biography

Binesh Hass is a doctoral candidate in the philosophy of law at Wadham College, Oxford. He has held visiting research posts in philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris and in legal philosophy at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and Freie Universität Berlin. He has held lectureships in philosophy and political theory at Oxford and the University of London (Birkbeck) and was a doctoral fellow of the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.  

He specialises in metaethics in legal and political philosophy. Most of his research to date has centred on the nature of reasons. He has broader research interests in bioethics and the philosophy of race, especially in respect of the place of embodiment in theories of normativity.

A link to his website is available here.

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  • Hass, 'The Methods of Normativity' (2017) 30 The Canadian Journal of Law & Jurisprudence 159
    This essay is an examination of the relationship between phenomenology and analytic method in the philosophy of law. It proceeds by way of a case study, the requirement of compliance in Raz’s theory of mandatory norms. Proceeding in this way provides a degree of specificity that is otherwise neglected in the relevant literature on method. Drawing on insights from the philosophy of art and cognitive neuroscience, it is argued that the requirement of compliance is beset by a range of epistemological difficulties. The implications of these difficulties are then reviewed for method and normativity in practical reason. A topology of normativity emerges nearer the end of the paper, followed by a brief examination of how certain normative categories must satisfy distinct burdens of proof. Keywords: normativity, philosophy of law, metaethics, compliance, methodology

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Research Interests

Metaethics, practical reason, logic, legal and political philosophy, metaphysics of reasons.

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