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Core Faculty, Philosophy, Politics and Economics Program
108B Caldwell Hall

Professor Luc Bovens is a core member of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program.  He works across a broad range of topics and issues spanning rationality, epistemology, morality and political philosophy.

Some recent Publications:


Bovens, Luc “Four Structures of Intransitive Preferences.” Chris Melenovsky (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Routledge. (forthcoming)


Bovens, Luc Coping – A Philosophical Guide. With illustrations by Fiorella Lavado. Open Book Publishers. 2021.

Bovens, Luc “To Socialism from the Bible.” Hazel Kahan, Tidings Podcast. 13 Jan 2021.


Bovens, Luc “The gender-neutral bathroom: a new frame and some nudges.” Behavioural Public Policy, Published online by Cambridge University Press: 20 July 2020 (with Alexandru Marcoci)

Bovens, Luc “‘From each according to ability; to each according to need’ – tracing the biblical roots of socialism’s enduring slogan.” The Conversation. 4 Sep 2020.


Bovens, Luc “The Ethics of Making Risky Decisions for Others.” Mark White (ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Ethics and Economics.  Oxford University Press.

Bovens, Luc “From Each According to Ability; To Each According to Needs’: Origin, Meaning, and Development of Socialist Slogans.History of Political Economy 51 (2):237-57 (with Adrien Lutz)

Bovens, Luc Teaching Ethics with Short Stories. Website.


Bovens, Luc Secular Hopes in the Face of Death. Rochelle Green (ed.), Theories of Hope: Exploring Alternative Affective Dimensions of Human Experience. Lexington Press.

Bovens, Luc “Behavioural Public Policies and Charitable Giving.Behavioural Public Policy 2 (2):168-173.

Bovens, Luc “What Is this Thing Called Love?” Adrienne Martin (ed.) The Routledge Handbook of Love in Philosophy. Routledge.

Bovens, Luc “Gender-neutral restrooms require new (choice) architectureBehavioural Public Policy Blog. 17 April 2018. (with Alexandru Marcoci)


Bovens, Luc “To those who oppose gender-neutral toilets: they’re better for everybody.Guardian, 1 Dec 2017 (with Alexandru Marcoci)