Toby Handfield


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PhD projects

Evolution and economics of sacred values
Governing the knowledge commons


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Personal profile

Research interests

I have a wide range of interests, having published on topics that include rational choice theory (e.g. 1, 2), moral and political theory (3, 4), as well as metaphysics and philosophy of physics (5, 6). More publications and works in progress are available on my personal webpage.

My current projects are focused on understanding social norms (their nature, the processes by which they change, the way they interact with rational choice). I am particularly interested in using formal techniques (game theory, evolutionary theory, rational choice) and in engaging with disciplines outside of philosophy to illuminate these issues.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Research area keywords

  • Evolution of morality
  • Evolution of cooperation
  • Rational choice theory
  • Experimental philosophy
  • Experimental economics
  • Evolutionary game theory
  • Social epistemology


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