Dr Rowan Cruft
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A80 Pathfoot Building
University of Stirling
United Kingdom

Email: rowan.cruft@stir.ac.uk
Phone: + 44 (0) 1786 466230

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I joined Philosophy at Stirling in 2002 after completing my PhD - on the justification of property rights - at Cambridge. Before postgraduate research, I worked for a year on tax policy as a civil servant in HM Treasury.  I am currently Head of Philosophy and deputy head of the Division of Law and Philosophy.

Research Interests:

My research focuses on the nature and justification of rights and duties.  Recent work examines the relationship between rights and respect, and the structure (as individualistic or non-individualistic, 'foundationalist' or 'transcendental') of the moral grounds for rights.  My work aims to reveal the comparative importance of different forms of right including human rights, natural rights, contractual rights, property rights, legal rights. I defend the view that human rights are distinguished by their individualistic grounding, while many other important rights including property are non-individualistically justified. I have recently been working on how legal rights are best grounded as serving 'the generic citizen' or 'the generic one of us'.

A guiding aim of my research is to demonstrate how philosophical positions bear on the justification of public policies and law.  I have participated in policy development for NGOs and government, and in public inquiries including in 2012 as an invited witness at the Leveson Inquiry (http://www.levesoninquiry.org.uk/evidence/?witness=dr-rowan-cruft) and as co-author of a submission to the Commission on a Bill of Rights for the UK.

Professional Activities: In addition to reviewing for many journals, I am a member of the AHRC Peer Review College, a member of the management committee of The Philosophical Quarterly, and from Autumn 2014 I'm on the executive committee of the Aristotelian Society.

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