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 SM, Renzo M (ed.). The Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights. Philosophical Foundations of Law, Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 608-623.
Hope S (2008) Book 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.