Dick Timmer (*1993) is an Assistant Professor (wissenschaftlicher Beschäftigter, fixed-term) at TU Dortmund. His research is in moral and political philosophy. He focusses on distributive justice, economic ethics, climate change, responsibility, activism, state neutrality, and moral status, among other things. He is also interested in meta-oriented questions about methods and arguments in normative philosophy.
Before joining the Department of Philosophy and Political Science in Dortmund, Timmer completed a PhD at Utrecht University. He wrote his thesis, titled “Thresholds and Limits in Theories of Distributive Justice”, as a member of the ERC Fair Limits project and under the supervision of prof. dr. Ingrid Robeyns. Before that, he studied philosophy, theology, and religious studies at Utrecht University, and as a visiting student at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Protestant Theological University.
Political philosophy, ethics, distributive justice, climate ethics, non-ideal theory, limitarianism.
- Forthcoming | “On the idea of degrees of moral status.” In The Journal of Value Inquiry.
- 2023 | “Why Fly? Prudential value, climate change, and the ethics of long-distance leisure travel.” In Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 26(5), 689-707. Co-authored Willem van der Deijl-Kloeg.
- 2023 | “Weighted Sufficientarianisms: Carl Knight on the Excessiveness Objection.” In Economics and Philosophy, 39(3), 494-506.
- 2023 | “Presumptive Limitarianism: A Reply to Robert Huseby.” In Having too much: Philosophical essays on limitarianism, edited by Ingrid Robeyns, 203-218. Cambridge: Open Book Publishers.
2022 | “Justice, Thresholds, and the Three Claims of Sufficientarianism.” In Journal of Political Philosophy, 30(3), 298-323.
- 2022 | “Introduction: Symposium Limitarianism: Extreme Wealth as a Moral Problem.” In Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, 25, 717–719. Co-authored with Christian Neuhäuser.
2021 | “Limitarianism: Pattern, Principle, or Presumption?” In Journal of Applied Philosophy, 38(5), 760-773.
- Reprinted in Having too much: Philosophical essays on limitarianism, edited by Ingrid Robeyns, 129–150. Cambridge: Open Book Publishers.
2021 | “Thresholds in Distributive Justice.” In Utilitas, 33(4), 422-441.
2021 | "The Agents of Justice." In Philosophy Compass, 16(10), e12770. Co-authored with Colin Hickey, Tim Meijers, and Ingrid Robeyns.
2019 | “Defending the Democratic Argument for Limitarianism. A Reply to Volacu and Dumitru.” In Philosophia, 47(4), 1331-1339.
- 2019 | “Book review of Why Does Inequality Matter, by T.M. Scanlon.” In Journal of Moral Philosophy, 16(6), 777-780.
- 2018 | “Book review of The Inheritance of Wealth. Justice, Equality, and the Right to Bequeath, by Daniel Halliday.” In Ethical Perspectives, 25(2), 347-350.
- 2022 | “Thresholds and Limits in Theories of Distributive Justice (thesis summary).” In Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 15(1), 153-156.
- 2021 | “Thresholds and Limits in Theories of Distributive Justice.” Quaestiones Infinitae, 133.
- 2021 | “Can Someone Be Too Rich?” Blogpost at Justice Everywhere.
- 2021 | “Distributive Justice: How Should Resources Be Allocated?” Article at 1000-Word Philosophy. Co-authored with Tim Meijers.