Andreas Schmidt

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Andreas Schmidt was a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University Center for Human Values and the Woodrow Wilson School from 2014 to 2016. He works on moral philosophy and political theory, particularly the theory of freedom, distributive justice and public health ethics. In his doctoral dissertation, Schmidt develops a new ability-based measure of individual socio-political freedom and discusses the relation between freedom and distributive justice. In his current research projects he applies theoretical debates about freedom to discussions of paternalism in public health and examines how far a consequentialist framework in public health is able to account for concerns of responsibility, inequality and fairness. In the long run, he plans to extend the latter focus by developing a version of egalitarianism that combines insights from social epidemiology and philosophy and brings out how socioeconomic inequality affects people’s lives in adverse and normatively relevant ways. Schmidt holds a DPhil and BPhil in Philosophy from the University of Oxford and a B.A. in Philosophy and Economics from the University of Bayreuth. He was previously employed by the University of Göttingen.