Tomi Francis

I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Philosophy at the Global Priorities Institute, University of Oxford. My research is mostly in normative ethics (especially population ethics) and decision theory. I'm also interested in practical ethics, logic and the philosophy of mathematics. Currently I mostly think about questions which are relevant for assessing the strengths of our moral reasons to improve the long-term future of humanity. More about me here. Download my CV here.

Website updated: September 2022

Contact information:
Email: tomi dot francis at philosophy dot ox dot ac dot uk

Address: St John's College, St Giles', Oxford OX1 3JP, UK

Research

Publications

"The Welfare Diffusion Objection to Prioritarianism", Economics and Philosophy (forthcoming). [Preprint]

"Anonymity and Non-Identity Cases", Analysis (forthcoming). [Article | Preprint]

Thesis

Totalism

Supervised by Prof. Hilary Greaves and Dr. Teruji Thomas. Currently under examination. [Manuscript]

Drafts

"In Favour of Making Happy People". [Draft]

A paper arguing that the Procreation Asymmetry is less compelling than it is commonly assumed (under review). [Link to draft]

A paper providing an impossibility theorem regarding avoidance of the Repugnant Conclusion which does not appeal to the Mere Addition Principle or any fellow-traveller (under review). [Link to draft]

A paper arguing against the claim that it is permissible to program a machine to acts in a certain way if and only if it would be permissible to act in that way. (With Todd Karhu, under review) [Link omitted, contact me for a draft]

A paper suggesting how to strengthen a recent intrapersonal argument for the Repugnant Conclusion due to Jake Nebel (under review). [Link omitted, contact me for a draft]

Papers under construction (I don't have publicly shareable versions of these, but email me if you're interested in seeing early versions.)

"A Defence of the Principle of Stochastic Dominance" (with Johan E. Gustafsson).

"Prudence in Different-Number Fission Cases"

"Population Axiology Without Identity"

"Ignore Outlandish Possibilities" (with Petra Kosonen)

"Partial Aggregation in Variable Population Cases"

"An Argument Against Full Incomparability" (with Johan E. Gustafsson)

"Transitivity and Option-Set-Dependent Betterness"

Teaching

Reading Lists

FHS Ethics

Prelims Moral Philosophy (Mill, Utilitarianism)

Teaching Experience

Oxford has three terms: Michaelmas term (MT), which usually runs from October to December, Hilary term (HT) from January to March, and Trinity Term (TT) from April to June.

TT 2021: Graduate Student Tutor: Philosophy of Mathematics, Two tutorials for a visiting student. St Edmund’s Hall, Oxford

MT 2020: Graduate Student Tutor: FHS Practical Ethics, Thesis supervisions for one student. University College, Oxford

TT 2020: Non-Stipendiary Lecturer: Moral Philosophy, Four sets of three tutorials. University College, Oxford

TT 2020: Non-Stipendiary Lecturer: FHS Practical Ethics, One set of eight tutorials. University College, Oxford

TT 2020: Non-Stipendiary Lecturer: FHS Ethics, Revision classes for eight students. University College, Oxford

TT 2020: Graduate Student Tutor: FHS Ethics, Revision classes for four students. Merton College, Oxford

TT 2020: Graduate Student Tutor: FHS Practical Ethics, One set of eight tutorials. Oriel College, Oxford

HT–TT 2020: Non-Stipendiary Lecturer: FHS Practical Ethics, Thesis supervisions for one student. University College, Oxford

HT 2020: Graduate Student Tutor: FHS Knowledge and Reality, Revision classes for one student. St Peter’s College, Oxford

HT 2020: Graduate Student Tutor: FHS Knowledge and Reality, One set of eight tutorials. St Peter’s College, Oxford

HT 2020: Non-Stipendiary Lecturer: FHS Ethics, Five sets of eight tutorials. University College, Oxford

MT 2019: Graduate Student Tutor: FHS Practical Ethics, One set of eight tutorials. University College, Oxford

MT 2019: Graduate Teaching Assistant: Introduction to Logic, Four classes. TA for Dr. Marion Durand, Corpus Christi College, Oxford

TT 2019: Graduate Student Tutor: FHS Ethics, Revision classes for one student. St Catherine’s College, Oxford

TT 2019 Graduate Student Tutor: Moral Philosophy, Two sets of two tutorials (cover tutor). St Catherine’s College, Oxford

HT 2019 Graduate Teaching Assistant: FHS Philosophical Logic, One set of eight classes. TA for Prof. James Studd, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford

MT 2018 Graduate Student Tutor: FHS Ethics, One set of eight tutorials. St Catherine’s College, Oxford

MT 2018 Graduate Teaching Assistant: Introduction to Logic, One set of eight classes. TA for Prof. Alexander Paseau, Wadham College, Oxford

HT 2018 Graduate Teaching Assistant: Introduction to Logic, One set of eight classes. TA for Prof. Volker Halbach, New College, Oxford