I am a philosopher and political theorist interested in how we should behave – as individuals and societies – especially when it comes to animals and food. Since 2019, I have been a British Academy Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Politics and International Relations at the University of Sheffield. My research project is called Food Justice and Animals: Feeding the World Respectfully. It asks what kind of food system would exist in a state that respects animal rights. I have previously worked in the Department of Politics at the University of York, the Department of Philosophy at Queen’s University in Canada, and the School of Politics, International Studies, and Philosophy, where I read for my PhD.
My research concerns animals in moral and political philosophy. Particular questions that have spent a lot of time thinking about include the ethics of (putatively) harm-free animal foods (“clean” meat and milk, eggs from backyard chickens, etc.); the ethics of our relationships with wild animals (should we be intervening in predator/prey relationships? Can we think of animals as owning their habitats, or sovereign over them?); the place of animals in the work of prominent political philosophers and political philosophies (especially Robert Nozick and libertarianism); and the ethics of feeding animals (including whether we should raise our companion animals on plant-based diets). I am also an editor of the open-access journal Politics and Animals: https://journals.lub.lu.se/pa
I’m always happy to hear from people interested in my work or working in a similar area. For more information, including contact details and links to published work, see my website https://josh-milburn.com/ If you’re interested in receiving updates on my work, you can follow me on Academia.edu https://york.academia.edu/JoshMilburn