Mr Lars Moen

Mr Lars Moen

Position: PhD Candidate
School and/or Centres: School of Politics & International Relations


Location: 1212 Haydon-Allen Building


BA (Political Science & History), University of Auckland, 2014 BA Hons 1st Class (Political Science), University of Auckland, 2015 MSc (Political Theory Research) (distinction on thesis), University of Oxford, 2017


Thesis topics

Republican freedom and perfectionism

Lars Moen is a PhD candidate at the School of Politics and International Relations. His research focuses on republicanism and political concepts. More specifically, Lars considers whether or not republicans' primary focus on institutions is adequate for achieving republican freedom. Lars has previously worked on issues in health ethics, especially related to drug addiction and child vaccination. His MSc thesis focused on the role of group agents in John Rawls's political liberalism. The thesis identifies a social choice paradox in Rawls's expecting certain groups to behave as reasonable and rational persons. Aggregating the judgments of rational individual group members will not always make the group behave as a rational person.

Lars' broader research interests include: Political theory Methods of political theory History of political theory Moral philosophy

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