Sachs, Benjamin

Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of Environmental Studies, Bioethics
Ph.D. 2006 (Philosophy), University of Wisconsin-Madison; B.A. 2001 (Philosophy), University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.

Office Address: Environmental Studies Program New York University 285 Mercer Street, Room 908 New York, NY 10003
Phone: 212-992-8686
Fax: 212-995-4157

Areas of Research/Interest:
My research is focused on three projects. First, coercion and exploitation are often assumed to be wrong, but I want to figure out why they might be wrong. Second, I am trying to understand the extent and shape of government's obligation to provide health care for its citizens. I am curious about how we can achieve justice in health given our limited resources. Third, I am interested in addressing climate change as a problem of distributive justice, both between countries and between generations.

External Affiliations
Member, American Philosophical Association

Post-Doctoral Fellow, Department of Bioethics, National Institute of Health, 2009.


"Consequentialism's Double-Edged Sword" Utilitas Vol. 22 No. 3 (Sept 2010): 258-271.

"The Limits of Fair Equality of Opportunity" Philosophical Studies (forthcoming): 1-21.

"The Status of Moral Status" Pacific Philosophy Quarterly 92 (2011): 87-104.

"Why Coercion is Wrong when it's Wrong" Australasian Journal of Philosophy (forthcoming).

Curriculum Vitae


V36.0400 Ethics and the Environment

V36.0450 Population Policy


G84.1006/G831006 Advanced Introduction to Environmental Ethics

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