Theodore M. Lechterman

Postdoctoral Researcher in Political Theory & Applied Ethics

Public Philosophy and Consulting

I enjoy showing how perspectives from political theory and philosophy can help us navigate problems in public life, and I welcome consulting opportunities and inquiries from journalists.


—   “The Ethics of #DeleteFacebook,” Blog of the APA, Dec. 4, 2018.

—   “One Big Problem with How Jeff and MacKenzie Bezos are Spending a Small Share of Their Fortune,” The Conversation, Sep. 19, 2018. Republished by Salon.

—   “An Ethical Guide to Responsible Giving,” The Conversation, Nov. 28, 2017. Republished by Chicago Tribune, among others.

—   “Why Harvey Weinstein Can’t Redeem Himself through Charity Alone,” The Conversation, Oct. 16, 2017.

—   “What Jeff Bezos Gets Wrong (and Right) with his Populist Philanthropy,” The Conversation, June 26, 2017. Republished by Salon, Business Insider, SFGate, and others.

—   “Is Populist Criticism of Philanthropy Justified?HistPhil, May 11, 2017.


—  Larsen, Dag Eivind Undheim, “Kunstdonorer i hardt vær,” Klassekampen (Norway), Aug. 17, 2019.

—   Frank, Dirk, “Philanthropie und Macht,” UniReport der Goethe-Universität, July 11, 2019, p. 16.

—   Sun, Rebecca, “Hollywood's #MeToo Dilemma: When Alleged Predators Also Give Generously to Charity,” Hollywood Reporter, July 11, 2019.

—   Varagur, Krithika, “By the Time a Natural Disaster Happens It’s Too Late to Help,” The Outline, Feb. 4, 2019.

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