Western University Political ScienceFaculty of Social Science

Charles Jones

Associate Professor


PhD, London School of Economics and Political Science
Telephone: 519.661.2111 ext. 85060
E-mail: cwjones@uwo.ca
Office: Social Sciences Centre 4129

Research Interests

Professor Jones specializes in contemporary political theory and the history of political thought, with an emphasis on global justice, human rights, freedom, and equality.

Current Research Projects

1. A World of Equals

I am currently writing a book, A World of Equals, in which I undertake three related tasks. First, I describe the problem of distributive justice as it exists for us today. Second, I outline and defend an account of the meaning and moral value of equality. And third, I propose a conception of human rights that adequately addresses the problem of distributive justice and follows from the best conception of equality.

2. The Origin of Human Rights: Four Competing Hypotheses

This article-in-progress evaluates several recent, influential, and competing accounts of the history of human rights by examining their historical arguments in light of two dominant philosophical conceptions of the nature of human rights. My main conclusion is that the plausibility of the historical claims can be determined only by reference to the best understanding of human rights themselves.

Selected Publications


Refereed Journal Articles

Book Chapters

Encyclopedia Articles

Recent Conference Presentations

Awards and Distinctions