Katharine Naomi Browne

Katharine Browne is a Postdoctoral Fellow at Novel Tech Ethics in the Faculty of Medicine at Dalhousie University.

Katharine was a Postdoctoral Fellow at the CSMN in 2013 and 2014.


Personal Website: www.katharinebrowne.com



2012: PhD, Philosophy, University of Toronto

2005: MA, Philosophy, University of British Columbia

2003: BA (Hons), Philosophy, University of Toronto


Areas of Interest: Social and Political Philosophy, Ethics (esp. Bioethics), Philosophy of Biology

My current research project explores the normative and practical implications of an empirically informed understanding of human cooperation. This project is interdisciplinary in nature, combining philosophy, economics, game theory, and evolutionary biology. I have two central aims: (1) To develop a theoretical framework to understand the origins of, and mechanisms sustaining, human cooperation that is sensitive to both evolutionary theory and experimental and other empirical findings, and (2) To employ the resulting account to social policy development and reform.  


“Two Problems of Cooperation,” What Makes Us Moral: On the Capacities and Conditions for Being Moral, eds. Bert Musschenga and Anton Harskamp.  Springer Publishers, 2013.

“Morality, Rationality, and Cheating,” (with Alister Browne), Cambridge Quarterly of Healthcare Ethics (2007) 16, 53-62.

"Pareto-Optimization and Team Reasoning" (in preparation).

“Team Reasoning, Cooperation, and Social Policy” (in preparation).

Recent Presentations

2014    Reasoning Our Way Into Pareto-Optimality: On Achieving Rational Cooperation,  PPPE Workshop, CSMN, University of Oslo (April)

2013    Team Reasoning, Cooperation, and Social Policy, Third Conference of the European Network on Social Ontology (ENSO III), University of Helsinki (October)

2013    Yes We Can! Team Reasoning and the Possibility of Cooperation (poster), The Second Åarhus-Paris Conference on Coordination and Common Ground, École Normale Supérieure, Paris (June)

2013    Uniting Cooperation, Rationality, and Evolution (invited), Cooperation Why, How, and With Whom? Conference, University of Åarhus (April)

2013    The Possibility of Cooperation in Theory and Practice, Ideals and Reality in Social Ethics Conference, University of Wales, Newport (March)

2012    A Naturalized Social Contract, PPPE Workshop, CSMN, University of Oslo (December)

2012    Cooperative Health Care (invited), Health Economics, Policy, and Management Research Group Meeting, University of Oslo (September)


2013: The Social Animal: Evolution, Sociality, and Cognition (IFIKK MA Seminar), co-taught with Sebastian Watzl

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