Andreas T. Schmidt

Andreas T. Schmidt
University of Groningen | RUG · Department of Ethics

DPhil Philosophy

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Introduction
I am an Associate Professor of Political Theory at the Faculty of Philosophy and the PPE Centre at the University of Groningen. I work in political theory, ethics, and the philosophy of public policy. I am particularly interested in socio-political freedom, distributive justice, behavioural policies, public health, tobacco control, inequality, consequentialism, longtermism, and animal ethics.

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Endgame proposals strive for a tobacco‐free (or at least cigarette‐free) society. Some endgame proposals are radical and include, for example, a complete ban on cigarettes. Setting aside empirical worries, one worry is ethical: would such proposals not go too far in interfering with individual freedom? I argue that concerns around freedom do not sp...
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According to relational egalitarians, equality is not primarily about the distribution of some good but about people relating to one another as equals. However, compared with other theorists in political philosophy – including other egalitarians – relational egalitarians have said relatively little on what role personal responsibility should play i...
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When assessing institutions and social outcomes, it matters how free society is within them (‘societal freedom’). For example, does capitalism come with greater societal freedom than socialism? For such judgements, freedom theorists typically assume Individualism: societal freedom is simply the aggregate of individual freedom. However, G.A. Cohen’s...
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So‐called nudge policies utilize insights from behavioral science to achieve policy outcomes. Nudge policies try to improve people's decisions by changing the ways options are presented to them, rather than changing the options themselves or incentivizing or coercing people. Nudging has been met with great enthusiasm but also fierce criticism. This...
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Several Dutch politicians have recently argued that medical voluntary euthanasia laws should be extended to include healthy elderly citizens who suffer from non-medical ‘existential suffering’ (‘life fatigue’ or ‘completed life’). In response, some seek to show that cases of medical euthanasia are morally permissible in ways that completed life eut...
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This is a preprint version of an article that is forthcoming in: Ethics (2019) Abstract: The nudge approach seeks to improve people's decisions through small changes in their choice environments. Nudge policies often work through psychological mechanisms that deviate from traditional notions of rationality. Because of that, some object that nudgin...
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This chapter defends a legal human right to tobacco control. Building on existing work, the chapter argues that the legal case for such a right is strong. Existing international human rights treaties, chiefly the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, recognise a human right to health alongside several other rights that spe...
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Is freedom a plausible political value for animals? If so, does this imply that animals are owed legal personhood rights or can animals be free but remain human property? Drawing on different conceptions of freedom, I will argue that while positive freedom, libertarian self-ownership, and republican freedom are not plausible political values for an...
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Freedom is one of the central values in political and moral philosophy. A number of theorists hold that freedom (or, relatedly, opportunity) should either be the only or at least one of the central distribuenda in our theories of distributive justice. Moreover, many follow Mill and hold that a concern for personal freedom should guide, and limit, h...
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Nudging policies rely on behavioral science to improve people's decisions through small changes in the environments within which people make choices. This article first seeks to rebut a prominent objection to this approach: furnishing governments with the power to nudge leads to relations of alien control, that is, relations in which some people ca...
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What distinguishes constraints on our actions that make us unfree (in the sociopolitical sense) from those that make us merely unable? I provide a new account: roughly, a constraint makes a person unfree, if and only if, first, someone else was morally responsible for the constraint and, second, it impedes an ability the person would have in the be...
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Is it a stronger interference with people's freedom to withdraw options they currently have than to withhold similar options they do not have? Drawing on recent theorizing about sociopolitical freedom, this article identifies considerations that often make this the case for public policy. However, when applied to tobacco control, these consideratio...
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Does doing good in itself make one a better person? This idea is intuitive yet its precise formulation underexplored. This article first shows that it is not the case that a person is good to the extent that her existence brings about good or to the extent that her actions do good. A proportional principle that evaluates a person according to the e...
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Recently, there has been a lot of enthusiasm for mindfulness practice and its use in healthcare, businesses and schools. An increasing number of studies give us ground for cautious optimism about the potential of mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) to improve people's lives across a number of dimensions. This paper identifies and addresses some...
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"Warum Tiere ein Interesse an Freiheit haben". Do non-human animals have an interest in sociopolitical freedom? Cochrane has recently taken up this important yet largely neglected question. He argues that animal freedom is not a relevant moral concern in itself, because animals have a merely instrumental but not an intrinsic interest in freedom (Co...

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Philosophical writing on animal ethics has recently taken a 'political turn' by moving away from only focusing on ethical questions around individuals towards institutional questions. In this vein, I discuss in two papers whether socio-political freedom as a political value should be extended to non-human animals. I argue that it should and that this creates stringent reformist duties for humans. But I also argue that such an extension does not justify the so-called abolitionist view. The third piece attached here is a short chapter in a public interest book for the German Social Democratic Party (SPD). It makes recommendations on how the federal government can do a lot of good by implementing relatively small legislative changes around animal welfare.
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In the paper linked in this project, I defend mindfulness-based interventions (MBIs) across many organisations against common ethical and political objections. In a forthcoming book chapter with Lovro Savic, we discuss ethical issues that come up for MBIs when used at the population-level. Among other things, we also discuss whether MBIs might involve objectionable cultural appropriation and whether, and how, MBIs should be rolled out to schools.
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Tobacco consumption is among the leading causes of mortality and morbidity, yet ethicists and political theorists have so far not given it that much attention. I am interested in whether a concern with individual freedom and autonomy limits how far tobacco control can go and whether there is a moral case for so-called endgame measures, such as a complete ban on tobacco. I have also written on whether there is a human right to tobacco. I am currently writing a paper on the relationship between tobacco control and freedom of choice. I am also planning a paper on e-cigarettes.