I lecture in moral and political philosophy. I joined Stirling in 2008, a year after completing my PhD at the University of Cambridge. For most of the intervening time I lectured in the Philosophy department at the University of Auckland.
My main research interests lie in moral and political philosophy. I am currently working on two broad topics: on the importance of imperfect duties (especially regarding human rights) and on considerations of intelligibility and accessibility in the exchange of moral reasons. I also have a keen interest in the history of ideas (especially Aristotle, Hobbes, and Kant) and in topics in distributive justice concerning the "equality of what?" question. I also write on the nature of Maori political argument in my homeland of Aotearoa New Zealand.
Kant's practical philosophy
Aristotle's practical philosophy
Maori political argument
Hope S (2015) Human Rights Without the Human Good? A Reply to Jiwei Ci. In: Cruft R, Liao S & Renzo M (eds.) The Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights. Philosophical Foundations of Law. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 608-623. https://global.oup.com/academic/product/philosophical-foundations-of-human-rights-9780199688623?lang=en&cc=gb
Hope S (2011) Common Humanity as a Justification for Human Rights Claims. In: Ernst G & Heilinger J (eds.) The Philosophy of Human Rights: Contemporary Controversies. Berlin: De Grutyer, pp. 211-230. http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/178551
Hope S (2008) Justice and Legitimacy in Maori Claims: Reflections on Jock Brookfield's Waitangi and Indigenous Rights: Revolution, Law, and Legitimation. Review of: Waitangi and Indigenous Rights: Revolution, Law, and Legitimation, FM Brookfield, Auckland: Auckland University Press, 2006, 229 pp. ISBN 9781869403720. Australian Journal of Legal Philosophy, 33 (1), pp. 179-192. http://heinonline.org.ezproxy.stir.ac.uk/HOL/Page?handle=hein.journals/ajlph33&id=185&collection=journals&index=journals/ajlph