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Dr Liam Shields


Senior Lecturer in Political Theory, University of Manchester, United Kingdom



Liam Shields is Senior Lecturer in Political Theory at the University of Manchester. The unifying theme of Shields’ research is to address neglected fundamental questions that lie at the heart of real-world problems, and to carefully consider their practical implications. His work falls into three main areas: theories of equality and distributive justice, educational fairness, and child-rearing rights. He is current working on a book length treatment of childrearing relationships that will address the topics of adoption, grandparents' rights, and stepfamilies.



  • Just Enough: Sufficiency as the Demand of Justice (Edinburgh University Press, 2016)
  • "Won’t Somebody Please Think of the Parents?." Ethics 133.1 (2022): 133-146.
  • "Parental rights and the importance of being parents." Critical Review of International Social and Political Philosophy 22.2 (2019): 119-133.
  • "Private school, college admissions and the value of education." Journal of Applied Philosophy 35.2 (2018): 448-461.
  • "Parental Licensing as Harm Reduction." Health Care Analysis 28.4 (2020): 424-433.
  • "How bad can a good enough parent be?." Canadian journal of philosophy 46.2 (2016): 163-182."


Parents' Rights, The Value of Childrearing, Educational Fairness
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