Philosophy With Feet in the Mud

An Interview With Ingrid Robeyns


  • Ingrid Robeyns Utrecht University, The Netherlands



limitarianism, capability approach, capability theory, non-ideal justice, policy, inequality


The Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics interviewed Professor Robeyns about her formative years, her scholarship on the capability approach, her ERC-funded Fair Limits project, the relevance of political philosophy for public policy, and her advice for young philosophers aspiring to an academic career.

Author Biography

Ingrid Robeyns, Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Ingrid Robeyns (Leuven, Belgium, 1972) is a philosopher at Utrecht University, where she has held the Chair in Ethics of Institutions at the Ethics Institute since 2014. She also serves as the president-elect of the Human Development and Capability Association. Before coming to Utrecht University, Robeyns held the chair of Practical Philosophy at the Faculty of Philosophy of Erasmus University from 2008 till 2014. She received an MSc in Economics from KU Leuven in 1997, an MA in Philosophy from the Open University in 2007, and a PhD from the Faculty of Politics and Economics from Cambridge University in 2003. Her PhD thesis, on applying the capability approach to gender inequality, was supervised by Professor Amartya Sen.

Robeyns does research in analytical normative philosophy, in particular on theories of justice and applied questions. She also regularly conducts interdisciplinary research. Robeyns is the author of Wellbeing, Freedom, and Social Justice: The Capability Approach Re-Examined (2017). Her work has appeared in various journals, including Ethics, the Journal of Economic Methodology, the Journal of Human Development and Capabilities, and the Journal of Political Philosophy. Robeyns is the principal investigator of Fair Limits, a research project funded by a European Research Council (ERC) consolidator grant, on the question whether there should be upper limits on the amount of financial and ecological resources a person can have. She was elected a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences this year.




How to Cite

Robeyns, I. (2018). Philosophy With Feet in the Mud: An Interview With Ingrid Robeyns. Erasmus Journal for Philosophy and Economics, 11(1), 80–99.