Dr Jonathan Parry

Dr Jonathan Parry

Department of Philosophy
Birmingham Fellow

Contact details

Room G19
ERI Building
University of Birmingham

I'm a Birmingham Fellow in Global Ethics, specialising in moral and political philosophy.


  • PhD The University of Sheffield
  • MA The University of Sydney
  • BA (hons) The University of Sheffield


I joined Birmingham in October 2015, following a post-doctoral fellowship at Stockholm University. I completed my doctoral studies at the University of Sheffield, during which I was also a visiting student at Rutgers University, USA.


I am on research leave for the 2018/2019 academic year.

Postgraduate supervision

I welcome inquiries from prospective graduate students interested in normative ethics, applied ethics, and political philosophy.

Find out more - our PhD Philosophy  page has information about doctoral research at the University of Birmingham.


My work explores how the resources of political and legal philosophy can shed light on topics in normative and applied ethics. I am currently working on three main projects. The first investigates how theories of political authority and obligation impact on debates surrounding the ethics of causing harm. The second project focuses on the morality of defensive force, and the ethics of using force to defend others in particular. The third explores the ethics of public health policies, and especially the question of the extent to which objections to paternalism apply in public health contexts.

For more information, please see my website: www.jonathan-parry.weebly.com


  • ​'Instrumental Authority and Its Challenges: The Case of the Laws of War', Ethics (forthcoming). Co-authored with Daniel Viehoff
  • 'War and Moral Consistency' in Ethics in Practice  (5th Edition). Edited by Hugh LaFollette (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming)
  • ‘Civil War and Revolution’, TheOxford Handbook of Ethics and War, Helen Frowe and Seth Lazar (eds) (Oxford University Press, 2018).
  • ‘Defensive Harm, Consent, and Intervention, Philosophy and Public Affairs 45, No.4 (2017), 356-396.
    *An earlier draft of this paper was awarded the APA Frank Chapman Sharp Prize 
  • Authority and Harm’, Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, Vol.3, (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017), 252-278.
  • ‘Legitimate Authority and the Ethics of War: A Map of the Terrain’, Ethics and International Affairs 31, No.2 (2017), 169-189.
  • ‘Community, Liability and Just Conduct in War’, Philosophical Studies 172, No.12 (2015), 3313-3333.
  • ‘Just War Theory, Legitimate Authority, and Irregular Belligerency’, Philosophia 43, No.1 (2015), 175-196.

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