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Paula Casal

Paula Casal

Universitat Pompeu Fabra


Paula Casal works at UPF's Law Department, having held positions at Reading University (2004-8) and Keele University (1996-2004). She was also Fellow in Ethics at Harvard University (1999-2000), a Keele Junior Research Fellow, also at Harvard (2000-1), Hoover Fellow at Université Catholique de Louvain (2001-02), Leverhulme Research Fellow at the University of Oxford (2002-4) and Christopher Family Fellow at Stanford University (2018). Her work has appeared in journals like Ethics, Economics and Philosophy, Journal of Medical Ethics, Journal of Moral PhilosophyJournal of Political Philosophy, Hypatia, Political Studies and Utilitas. She is Associate Editor of Politics, Philosophy & Economics, and Law, Ethics and Philosophy, President of the Great Ape Project-Spain, and co-director of the UPF Center for Animal Ethics. 

Research interests

My main field is distributive justice, which is a part of political philosophy that examines how social institutions should distribute benefits and burdens within a family or a nation-state, or across countries or generations. This requires assessing general principles (including equality, priority, and sufficiency) as well as policy responses (such as taxation and public spending proposals) to specific problems like gender inequality, local and global poverty or climate change. I have written from a biologically-informed perspective about gender, nonhuman animals, personhood and the distinction between natural and social inequality. I have also written about more specific issues, such as how to distribute the costs of child-rearing, the right to sea-access for landlocked states, the moral limits on religious and cultural accommodation, xenotransplantation and the Non-Identity Problem, and the distinction medical ethicists draw between therapy and enhancement.

Selected publications

Casal P 2021, ‘Whaling, Bullfighting and the Conditional Value of Tradition‘, Res Publica 27(3): 467-90.

Casal P 2021, ‘Gender, Social Justice, and Publicity’, Ethics and Politics 23(3): 171-86.

Casal P & Singer P 2021, ‘The Threat of Great Ape Extinction from Covid-19’, Journal of Animal Ethics 11(2): 6-11.

Casal P & Williams A 2021, ‘Justicia Distributiva’, Razones públicas. ed. Gonzalez I and Queralt J, Barcelona, Ariel: 281-302.

Casal P 2021, ‘Gender, Social Justice, and Publicity’, A Tribute to John Rawls, ed. Foroni C et al, Fenix, P Alegre: 493-513.

– Antó JM, Martí JL, Casals J, Bou-Habib P, Casal P, Fleurbaey M, Frumkin H, Jiménez M, Jordana J, Lancelotti C, Llavador H, Mélon L, Solé R, Subirada F & Williams A 2021, ‘The Planetary Wellbeing Initiative’Sustainability 13(6): 3372.

Selected research activities

Grants: Global Public Reason. Plan Nacional. Ministry of Science and Innovation, PI (84.700€)

Keynote speaker: ‘Needs, Resources, and Future Generations’ Univ Pontificia, ASAP-Venezuela’s foundational event 11/3

‘Degrees of Moral Status’ Moral Status Conf., Fondecyt, Univ of Chile & Univ of S Sebastian 1/10

‘Speciesism and Personism’ IV International Animal Law Conf., Univ Central, Chile 14/10

‘Rawls on Incentives’ 50th Anniversary of A Theory of Justice. Zentrum for Deutschland und Europaestudien & UFPR, PUCRS, UFSC Univ Brazil 23/9

Talks: ‘What do we Owe Future Generations?’ Philosophy Dept. Queens U. Canada 12/7

‘Sostenibilidad’ Trinchera Verde (Spotify/Ivox/YourTube) 9/12

‘External Effects of Procreation’ with A Williams, Society of Fellows in Humanities, Hong Kong Univ 9/12

‘Vrousalis on Exploitation’ Workshop on Exploitation, Univ of Essex 14/12

Supervised: P Silva’s PhD, UPF; J Vall’s MA thesisUB; funded visitors: A Segovia (L Maximilian Univ Munich), A Bertelli (Inst for Advanced Studies, Pavia), I Derzelle (U Paris est Marne-la-Valée)

Other: ‘Etica, derecho y toros’, Interviewed by I Peña Rev Lat Est Crít Animales 8(1)

‘Círculo vicioso’. Article in Ara, June 5

ICREA Memoir 2021