Main Publications (Peer-Reviewed)

When Is Lockdown Justified?, (with Lucie White and Mathias Frisch) Philosophy of Medicine 3(1):1-22, 2022

In a sentence: Early evidence justified the imposition of lockdowns in high-income countries.

Rationality in games and institutions, Synthese 199:12295-12314, 2021

In a sentence: If you believe that rational agents may cooperate in a Prisoners‘ Dilemma, you should be prepared to design the institutions through which we interact accordingly, but I am not optimistic that the result will be desirable.

The Epistemic Duties of Philosophers: An Addendum, (with Lucie White) Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 31(4):447-451, 2021

In a sentence: We were slightly concerned, upon having read Winsberg et al.’s reply to our paper „Were Lockdowns Justified? A Return to the Facts and Evidence“, that they may have fundamentally misunderstood the nature of our argument, so we issue the following clarification, along with a comment on our motivations for writing such a piece, for the interested reader.

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Were Lockdowns Justified? A Return to the Facts and Evidence, (with Lucie White) Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 31(4):405-428, 2021

In a sentence: When evaluating lockdown policies, the evidential basis upon which governments imposed them should properly be taken into account; unfortunately, philosophers of science have so far failed in this task.

Without a trace: Why did corona apps fail?, (with Lucie White) Journal of Medical Ethics 47:e83, 2021

In a sentence: Effective contact tracing in a pandemic requires centralised storage of data, which is justifiable as it may minimise ethical risks, all things considered.


Three Ways in Which Pandemic Models May Perform a Pandemic, (with Lucie White, Donal Khosrowi, and Mathias Frisch) Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics 14(1):110-127, 2021

In a sentence: Epidemiological models may not only forecast, but also influence the course of an epidemic in important ways, and this is what we have seen in the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Privacy versus Public Health? A Reassessment of Centralised and Decentralised Digital Contact Tracing, (with Lucie White) Science and Engineering Ethics 27(2):1-13, 2021

In a sentence: We should analyse the overall ethical risks of data technologies, but debates about digital contact tracing have tended to one-sidedly focus on privacy, which has led to largely ineffective designs.

How to Build an Institution, Philosophy of the Social Sciences 51(2):215-238, 2021

In a sentence: Successful institutional design requires a designer, an engineer and a plumber.

Philosophy of the social sciences

How to Overcome Lockdown: Selective Isolation vs. Contact Tracing, (with Lucie White) Journal of Medical Ethics 46(11):724-725, 2020

In a sentence: We should not lock down the elderly or other vulnerable groups in a pandemic, but rather put vigorous contact tracing measures on the agenda.


Kidney Exchange and the Ethics of Giving, Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 18(1):85-110, 2020

In a sentence: Kidney exchange is ethically justifiable and should not be prohibited.


Comment on The climate mitigation gap: education and government recommendations miss the most effective individual actions, (with Eric Brandstedt), Environmental Research Letters 13, 048001, 2018

In a sentence: Having children increases your carbon footprint, but not by as much as many scientists have assumed because they have engaged in methodologically flawed multiple-counting of emissions.

Subject of a response by Seth Wynes and Kimberly Nicholas: Reply to Comment on The climate mitigation gap: education and government recommendations miss the most effective individual actions, Environmental Research Letters 13, 048002, 2018.

Coverage: The Guardian, (German), BBC

Environmental research letters

Towards a Fair Distribution Mechanism for Asylum, Games 8, 41, 2017

In a sentence: Matching systems show promise for making the distribution of refugees fairer and more efficient, but the devil is in the details.


Dawid, Hartmann, Sprenger on the No Alternatives Argument: an empiricist note, Kriterion 29(1), 35-47, 2015

In a sentence: Dawid, Hartmann and Sprenger defend the possibility of non-empirical theory confirmation via the “No Alternatives Argument”, but their defence begs the question.

Book Reviews

Review of political economy

Radical Markets: Uprooting Capitalism and Democracy for a Just Society (by Eric Posner and Glen Weyl), Review of Political Economy 31(1), 137-141, 2019

Economics & Philosophy

The Prisoner’s Dilemma (M. Peterson, ed.), Economics and Philosophy 33(1), 153-160, 2017

History of economic thought

The World the Game Theorists Made (by Paul Erickson), The European Journal of the History of Economic Thought 24(2), 403-406, 2017

Other Languages

On the ethics of corona apps, (with Lucie White) Ethik in der Medizin 33, 387–400, 2021 (in German)


On the Ethics of Kidney Exchange, DIATRA 2-2020:35-37, 2020 (in German)


Selected Works in Progress

Who’s Afraid of the Repugnant Conclusion? (Manuscript Available upon Request)