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Dr. Kimberley Brownlee

Professor of Philosophy, University of British Columbia

social human rights, social deprivation, loneliness, belonging, civil disobedience, COVID-19 - isolation, quarantine, connection with others


Professor Kimberley Brownlee - Newsnight - 13.03.2020 - Part 3

Professor Kimberley Brownlee, of the University of Warwick's Department of Philosophy, appears live on Newsnight to discuss the impact self-isolation may have on those self-isolating due to COVID-19.

Do we have a right not to be lonely? | BBC Ideas

Kimberley Brownlee, professor of philosophy at the University of Warwick, explores what we could do to prevent loneliness.

Prescribing social activities to lonely people prompts ethical questions for GPs

Brownlee from Warwick to British Columbia

Unthinkable: What are the limits of civil disobedience?


Kimberley Brownlee is a Professor of Philosophy at the University of British Columbia. Her current work focuses on loneliness, belonging, social human rights, and freedom of association. Her past work focused on civil disobedience, punishment, and restorative justice. She is the author of Being Sure of Each Other (Oxford University Press, 2020) and Conscience and Conviction: The Case for Civil Disobedience (Oxford University Press, 2012). Prior to her appointment at UBC, she was a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick. She has held numerous visiting positions including a Visiting Fellowship at All Souls College, Oxford (2019-20); a Visiting Fellowship at the Australian National University (2019), a Fulbright Visiting Research Chair at Vanderbilt University (2008); an HLA Hart Visiting Research Fellowship at University College, Oxford (2009); a CEPPA Visiting Research Fellowship at St Andrews University (2009); and a Warwick-Monash Visiting Fellowship at Monash University (2015). Brownlee is the recipient of a Philip Leverhulme Prize (2012). She has served on the executive committees of the Aristotelian Society (2014-2017), the Philosophical Association (2012-2016), and the Society for Applied Philosophy (2007-2013).

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  • social human rights
  • social deprivation
  • loneliness
  • belonging
  • civil disobedience
  • COVID-19 - isolation
  • quarantine
  • connection with others

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