Alex Voorhoeve, alumnus of the Faculty of Philosophy, appointed as Visiting Professor at Erasmus School of Economics
As of 1 September 2017 and for the period of one year Alex Voorhoeve is joining Erasmus School of Economics from London, where he is Professor of Philosophy in the Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method at London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).
Professor Jack Vromen, Academic Director of Erasmus Institute for Philosophy and Economics (EIPE) and head of the Department Theoretical Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy, is thrilled: “Erasmus School of Economics is working hard to further develop its Economics & Humanities programme. The advent of Alex Voorhoeve helps us in making a more sustained effort to connect ethics and political philosophy with economics in meaningful ways.”
As a part of his appointment as Visiting Professor at the Erasmus School of Economics, Alex Voorhoeve will be teaching the course The Theory of Practice of Distributive Justice in the Research Master in Philosophy and Economics at the Faculty of Philosophy. In this course the contemporary debates in philosophy and economics on the theory of distributive justice will be discussed. Besides, the applications of these theories to pressing policy questions around the world will be addressed.
Most of Voorhoeve’s research is in the areas Egalitarianism, Decision Theory and Moral Decision-Making and Fair Allocation of Resources in Health Care. He works on several questions that are central to egalitarian theory. Furthermore he is interested in what psychology reveals to us about how we actually make decisions and what rational choice theory and moral reflection tell us about how we should make decisions. Much of his applied work is on how to use limited resources to meet people's health needs.
About Alex Voorhoeve
Visiting Professor in Ethics and Economics Alex Voorhoeve holds a M.Sc. in Economics (1997) and an M.A. in Philosophy (1999) from Erasmus University Rotterdam. After finishing his economics degree, he worked at the Netherlands' Ministry of Finance, before giving in to the temptation to do a graduate study in philosophy. He completed an M.Phil. in Philosophy at Cambridge (2000) and a Ph.D. in Philosophy at University College London (2006). He joined LSE in 2004 and has worked there ever since. Voorhoeve has held visiting positions at Harvard (2008-09), Princeton (2012-13) and the National Institutes of Health, U.S. (2016-17).