Reshaping the political philosophy landscape
The Competition and Competitiveness Project is a research project in the School of Philosophy & Art History funded by a Research Leadership Award from the Leverhulme Trust. It started in October 2020 and will run for four years.
The aim of the project is to develop a comprehensive understanding of the different forms of competition and competitiveness and the role they play in a wide range of social practices and institutions, for example, markets, the arts, sciences, and sports.
The project takes an interdisciplinary approach, drawing on historical sources, social scientific insights and philosophical analysis. The Principal Investigator, Professor Timo Jütten, leads a research team, consisting of three Senior Research Officers, a PhD student (from October 2021), and a project administrator.
Competition and competitiveness are poorly understood but rarely submitted to detailed analysis. This research will reshape the disciplinary landscape of (political) philosophy, making a more realistic conception of human nature and social processes the basis of its normative arguments and offering a nuanced view of when competition is appropriate.