Michael J. Green

Associate Professor of Philosophy; Coordinator of Philosophy, Politics, and Economics;
  • Expertise


    Michael Green’s research concerns ethics, political philosophy, and early modern philosophy. He has published papers on justice, nationalism, Thomas Hobbes and David Hume. At present, he is working on Hobbes’s moral theory and questions about human rights and global justice.

    Research Interests


    • Ethics
    • Political philosophy
    • Early modern philosophy
    • Justice
    • Nationalism
    • Thomas Hobbes
    • David Hume.
    • Human rights

    Areas of Expertise

    • Political Philosophy
    • Ethics
    • Early Modern Philosophy
  • Work


    "Social Justice, Voluntarism, and Liberal Nationalism" Journal of Moral Philosophy, v. 2 (November, 2005).

    "Global Justice and Health: Is Health Care a Basic Right?," in Public Health Ethics, ed. M. Boylan (Dordrecht: Kluwer, 2004).

    "Justice and Law in Hobbes," Oxford Studies in Early Modern Philosophy v. 1 (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003).

    "Institutional Responsibility for Global Problems," Philosophical Topics 30 no. 2 (Fall 2002). Reprinted as "Institutional Responsibility for Moral Problems," in Global Responsibilities: Securing Rights by Defining Obligations, A. Kuper ed. (Routledge, 2005).

    "The Idea of a Momentary Self and Hume's Theory of Personal Identity," British Journal for the History of Philosophy 7 (1999): 103-122.

  • Education


    Ph.D., Philosophy
    University of California, Berkeley

    Bachelor of Arts, with highest honors and high distinction
    University of Michigan

    Recent Courses Taught

    • Introduction to Ethics
    • Philosophy of Law
    • Problems of Philosophy
    • Social and Political Philosophy
    • Topics in Philosophy of Law, and Law and Society
    • Topics in Social and Political Philosophy
    • Freedom, Markets and Well-Being