Jonathan Gingerich

Jonathan Gingerich

Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow (2018-2020)

Jonathan Gingerich is a philosopher who specializes in ethics, political philosophy, philosophy of law, and aesthetics. Jonathan’s recent work explores spontaneous freedom—the sort of freedom someone who is “free as a bird” enjoys. This project considers the nature of experiences of spontaneous freedom, what makes such experiences valuable, what political conditions must obtain for people to experience spontaneous freedom, and how contemporary moral theory could better recognize the value of spontaneous freedom.

Beyond his work on spontaneous freedom, Jonathan’s recent research explores the aesthetics of games, rights of cultural participation, and the social and political preconditions of creativity. His newest research project asks how we might think about the nature of action if we focus our inquiry into agency on the perspective of aesthetics and art. More information about Jonathan’s research is available on his homepage,



“Remixing Rawls: Constitutionalizing Cultural Liberties,” Northeastern University Law Review, forthcoming 2019.

“Freedom and the Value of Games,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy (2018), DOI: 10.1080/00455091.2017.1423224.

“The Political Morality of Nudges in Healthcare,” in Nudging Health: Health Law and Behavioral Economics, edited by I. Glenn Cohen, Holly Fernandez Lynch, and Christopher T. Robinson (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2016), 97-106.



Ph.D., Philosophy, University of California, Los Angeles

J.D., Harvard Law School

A.B., Philosophy and History, Georgetown University