Welcome to Russell Keat’s website, where you will find information about his research, and online access to many of his published and unpublished papers.
Russell Keat is Emeritus Professor of Political Theory in the School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh. His recent research, on ethics and markets, has explored the ethical character of market institutions and of different kinds of capitalism. This followed on from earlier work about market boundaries, which examined the proper limits of the market domain and the implications of this for the provision of cultural goods.
His early research was mainly in the philosophy of science. This included a defence of realism in the social and natural sciences, and an account of how the ideal of value-free social science is best understood and justified. He has also worked in political philosophy, on the relationship between socialism and liberalism, and has written about the conceptualisation of human bodies in social theory and philosophy.