Welcome to my research page.

In my current research, I focus on questions on equity and fairness arising from the international negations on climate change. Bonn WCC

My work stems from my interest in the conditions of justice in diverse and pluralistic environments.  I have long been interested in the role of the institutional architecture in fostering cooperation guided by overriding values of freedom and equality.


UNFCCC secretariat placardsI am also interested in rationality and decision theory.  More specifically, I am interested in the challenges of group choices and the different theoretical perspectives that have been developed.

Thinking about these issues forces us to reflect on methodological questions on how the big questions of justice and equity should be approached. I have long been a defender of the view that political philosophy, to be cogent, should be consistent with empiricism as well as with the best science that is available. I consider myself to be a student of non-foundationalist approaches to moral and political thought.  I am motivated by efforts to move away, as much as possible, from lofty metaphysical constructs.

I am indebted in my thinking to John Rawls, as well as many thinkers in the empiricist tradition, including Francis Bacon, Thomas Hobbes, David Hume, John Stuart Mill.  Among thinkers who inspire me are also some of the 20th Century empiricists, such as Rudolf Carnap, Otto Neurath, Moritz Schlick, Hans Reichenbach. I firmly hold, as many of these thinkers did, that philosophical inquiry must move forward in tandem with the latest and best available science.


Scholarly journal publications:

Boran, I. 2016. "Principles of Public Reason in the UNFCCC: Rethinking the Equity Framework", forthcoming in Science and Engineering Ethics.

Boran, I. and Shockley, K. 2015. "COP 20 Lima: The Ethical Dimension of Climate Negotiations on the way to Paris", Ethics, Policy, Environment 18/2: 117-122.

Boran, I. 2014. "Risk-Sharing: A Normative Framework for Climate Negotiations", Philosophy and Public Policy Quarterly 32/2: 4-13.

Boran, I. 2010. “Critical Notice: A Liberal Theory of International Justice”, Transnational Legal Theory 1/4: 627-637.

Boran, I. 2009. “On What it Takes to Travel Philosophically Light: A Response to Nielsen”, forthcoming in Windsor Yearbook of Access to Justice 26/2: 253-264.

Boran, I. 2008. “The Circumstances of Global Justice”, Public Affairs Quarterly 22/4: 335-352.

Boran, I. 2008. “Do Cosmopolitans Have Reasons to Object to Global Distributive Justice?”, American Philosophical Quarterly 45/1: 1-17.

The complete list of scholarly journal publications to date can be found here.

Chapters in books:

Boran, I. 2007. “Are Some of the Philosophers in Neurath’s Ship Moral Philosophers?”, Michel Seymour & Matthias Fritsch (eds.), Reason and Emancipation: Essays in Honor of Kai Nielsen (Promotheus Books), pp. 265-274.

Boran, I. 2005. “Une nouvelle conception de l’impartialité pour une justice globale?”, Jocelyne Couture & Stéphane Courtois (eds.), Regards philosophiques sur la mondialisation (Presses de l’Université du Québec).

Boran, I. 2003. “Global Linguistic Diversity, Public Goods, and the Principle of Fairness” in Will Kymlicka & Alan Patten (eds.) Language Rights and Political Theory (Oxford University Press), pp. 189-209.

A complete list of chapters in books to date can be found here.

Book reviews:

Boran, I. 2015. Review of Alan Patten, Equal Recognition: The Moral Foundations of Minority Rights (Princeton University Press, 2014. Notre Dame Philosophical Review, January 2015.

Boran, I. 2009. Review of Gillian Brock, Global Justice: A Cosmopolitan Account (Oxford University Press, 2009). Dialogue: Canadian Philosophical Review.

Boran, I. 2005. Review of David Braybrooke, Utilitarianism: Restorations, Repairs, Renovations (University of Toronto Press, 2004), Philosophy in Review 25/5 (2005): 322-324.

Boran, I. 2003. Review of Dorinda Dallmeyer (ed.), Values at Sea: Ethics for the Marine Environment (The University of Georgia Press, 2003), Philosophy and Geography.

A complete list of book reviews to date can be found here.


In addition to academic publishing, I also have commentaries in the media and public venues:


Read my op-ed in Ottawa Citizen (published in April 2015) on the announcement that Ontario will be joining California and Quebec in implementing a cap-and-trade system.


Read my perspectives as a regular contributor to Policy Options, a Canadian premium policy forum published by the Institute for Research in Public Policy.

In Due Course

I also write commentaries in In Due Course, a site hosted by Joseph Heath (University of Toronto). Read my post from Paris following the COP 21 climate negotiations.