Justice, markets, and the family

An interview with Serena Olsaretti


  • Serena Olsaretti ICREA-Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain




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The Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics interviewed Olsaretti about becoming a political philosopher, her work on the ethics of markets and justice and the family, the ERC-project that she directs, her views on teaching, and her advice for political philosophy graduates aspiring to an academic career.

Author Biography

Serena Olsaretti, ICREA-Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Spain

Serena Olsaretti (Naples, Italy, 1971) is a political philosopher at Pompeu Fabra University (UPF), where she holds a research professorship with the Catalan Institute of Research and Advanced Studies (ICREA). Before moving to Barcelona, she was University Senior Lecturer at the Faculty of Philosophy of Cambridge University. She obtained a BA, MPhil, and DPhil degree in political philosophy from Oxford University. Her DPhil thesis was supervised by G.A. Cohen.

Olsaretti’s research interests range widely, including the ethics of markets, justice and the family, feminist philosophy, theories of responsibility, and theories of well-being. She is the author of Liberty, desert and the market (2004), and the editor of Desert and justice (2003), Preferences and well-being (2006), and the Oxford handbook of distributive justice (forthcoming). Her work has appeared in various journals, including Analysis, Economics & Philosophy, Philosophy & Public Affairs, and Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society. Olsaretti is one of the editors of Law, Ethics, and Philosophy. She is the principal investigator of Family justice: an analysis of the normative significance of procreation and parenthood in a just society, a research project funded by a European Research Council (ERC) consolidator grant.




How to Cite

Olsaretti, S. (2016). Justice, markets, and the family: An interview with Serena Olsaretti. Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 9(2), 181–195. https://doi.org/10.23941/ejpe.v9i2.236