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Joachim Wündisch

Fields of work

Political philosophy:

  • Territorial rights and climate change
  • Left-Libertarianism and Right-Libertarianism

Moral philosophy:

  • Distributive, compensatory and restitutive justice
  • Moral responsibility

Medical ethics:

  • Disability
  • Preimplantation genetic diagnosis
  • Human enhancement


Within climate ethics I work on grounding the restitutive claims of groups whose territories are in whole or in part lost to the rising sea. I focus on the following questions: (1) Is a sufficientarian theory of political self-determination plausible, and if so, what should it look like? (2) What claims to restitution arise from the partial loss of territory and the associated potential reduction in political self-determination?
In the field of moral responsibility I work on the subject of excusable ignorance and on answers to the following questions: (1) Why does excusable ignorance exculpate? (2) Does the exculpatory power of excusable ignorance extend to liability for costs? (3) How do interdependent and collective decision-making processes affect individual excusable ignorance?

Within the philosophy of disability I work on answers to the following questions: (1) What is a disability? (2) Is the mere-difference view of disability justified)? (3) What are the duties of society towards persons with disabilities?



  1. Towards a Right-Libertarian Welfare State – An Analysis of Right-Libertarian Principles and Their Implications, Münster: mentis, 2014.
    [Rezensionen: The Philosophical Quarterly (January 2015), 65 (258), 137-140. Political Studies Review (2016); 14 (2): pp. 252-253]

Articles (selection)

  1. On a Hobbesian Defense of the Minimal State, in: Archives for Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, forthcoming.
  2. A Framework for Compensating Climate Change Damages, in: Philosophia, forthcoming.
  3. Middle Ground on Liability for Costs?, in: Philosophical Studies, Online first: doi.org/10.1007/s11098-019-01361-6.
  4. Towards a Non-Ideal Theory of Climate Migration, in: Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy, Online First: doi.org/10.1080/13698230.2019.1654208.
  5. Behavior Genetics and Agent Responsibility [with Rüdiger Bittner and Wendy Johnson], in Zeitschrift für Ethik und Moralphilosophie, 2 (01), 2019, pp. 21-34.
  6. Territorial Loss as a Challange for World Governance, in: Philosophical Papers, 48 (01), 2019, pp. 155-178.
  7. Partial Loss of Territory Due to Anthropogenic Climate Change – A Theory of Compensating for Losses in Political Self-determination, in: Journal of Applied Philosophy, 36 (02), 2018, pp. 313-332.
  8. Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Individual Excusable Ignorance after 1990 – A Study of Excusable Ignorance in Collective Action Problems, in: Environmental Philosophy, 14 (02), 2017, pp. 275-315.
  9. Does Excusable Ignorance Absolve of Liability for Costs?, in: Philosophical Studies, 174 (04), 2017, pp. 837–851.
  10. Leistungssport und die genetische Lotterie – Die Notwendigkeit stärker differenzierter Wettkampfklassen [with Benjamin Huppert], in: Zeitschrift für Praktische Philosophie, 3 (02), 2016, pp. 143-176.
  11. Präferenzen, Wohlergehen und Rationalität – Zu den begrifflichen Grundlagen des Libertären Paternalismus und ihren Konsequenzen für seine Legitimierbarkeit [with Andrea Klonschinski], in: Zeitschrift für Praktische Philosophie, 3 (01), 2016, pp. 599-632.
  12. Is It Bad to Be Disabled? – Adjudicating Between the Mere-difference and the Bad-difference Views of Disability [with Vuko Andrić], in: Journal of Ethics & Social Philosophy, 9 (03), 2015, pp. 1-16.
  13. Territory Lost – Climate Change and the Violation of Self-Determination Rights [with Frank Dietrich], in: Moral Philosophy and Politics, 2 (01), 2015, pp. 83-105.
  14. A Free-Rider Perspective on Property Rights, in: Libertarian Papers, 6 (02), 2014, pp. 145-162.
  15. Green Votes not Green Virtues: Effective Utilitarian Responses to Climate Change, in: Utilitas, 26 (02), (2013), pp. 192-205.
  16. Nozick’s Proviso: Misunderstood & Misappropriated, in: Rationality, Markets and Morals, 4 2013, 205–220.
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