I am an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California. My research focuses on contemporary theories of liberalism. In particular, I am interested in various principles of liberal political morality, such as the harm principle, the principle of state neutrality, and the public justification principle. I am currently finalizing the manuscript of a book on these themes entitled A Perfectionist Theory of Justice (under contract with Oxford University Press).

Before joining USC, I was a Junior Research Fellow in Philosophy at Merton College, Oxford University (2019-21). Prior to this, I read a DPhil in Philosophy at St John's College, Oxford University (2017-19), a BPhil in Philosophy at The Queen's College, Oxford University (2015-17), and an undergraduate degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics at Lincoln College, Oxford University (2012-15). 

Email: tahzib@usc.edu

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Publications

1.."Pluralist Neutrality", Journal of Political Philosophy 26 (2018), pp. 508-32.

2.."Perfectionism: Political not Metaphysical", Philosophy & Public Affairs 47 (2019), pp. 144-78.

3.."Perfectionist Duties", in D. Sobel, P. Vallentyne and S. Wall (eds), Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, Volume 7 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2021), pp. 124-60. 

4.."Does Social Trust Justify the Public Justification Principle?" Journal of Applied Philosophy 38 (2021), pp. 461-78.

5.."Is Anti-Sectarianism a Desideratum of a Public Reason View?" Public Affairs Quarterly 35 (2021), pp. 228-46.

6.."Does Edificatory Perfectionism Express a Quidnunc Mentality?" in V. Kurki and M. McBride (eds), Without Trimmings: The Legal, Moral, and Political Philosophy of Matthew Kramer (Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming). 

7.."Do the Reactive Attitudes Justify Public Reason?" European Journal of Political Theory (forthcoming).