Ariel Colonomos

CNRS Research Professor
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Ariel Colonomos is CNRS Research Professor at Sciences Po and senior researcher at CERI. He holds master degrees in economics and finance (Dauphine University), philosophy (University of Nanterre) and a Phd in political science (Sciences Po).

His books include Selling the Future: the Perils of Predicting Global Politics (Hurst-Oxford University Press, 2016, recipient of the Ethics Section Book Award at the International Studies Association, 2017), The Gamble of War (Palgrave, 2013) and Moralizing International Relations – Called to Account (Palgrave, 2008).

His research focuses on international norms, political theory and international relations and the ethics of war.

He has been a regular visiting scholar at Columbia University with the Institute of War and Peace and has taught at Columbia in the political science master program as well as at SIPA. At Sciences Po, he teaches classes in the political science master program at the doctoral school, in international relations (IR theories) and in political theory. At PSIA, he teaches a class on the "Ethics of War".

Ariel Colonomos supervises Phds in the areas of international norms, political theory, international normative theory and the rules of war.

Work in Progress

The material equivalent to lives, ethics of war and plausible rules of war, predictions in IR, the aesthetic of social sciences and humanities


                                                         Review : Selling the future


  • Languages

    English, Italian, Spanish, Hebrew

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Main Publications

Pricing Lives – The Political Art of Measurement, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2023.

Le beau savoir – Pour une esthétique des sciences humaines, Paris, Albin Michel, 2023.

Un prix à la vie – Le défi politique de la juste mesure, Paris, PUF, 2020.

"Plausible Norms of Warfare: Reducing the Gap between the Normative and the Empirical", Special issue, European Review of International Studies, Vol.7, n°2-3, December 2020. 

"Hostageship: What can we Learn from Mauss?", Journal of International Political Theory, Vol.14, n°2, 2018.

"Proportionality as a Political Norm", in Claire Finkelstein, Larry May, Jens Ohlin (eds.), Weighing Lives in Warfare, Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2017.

"The Normative Consequences of the ‘Knowability of the Future", Journal of Military Ethics, Vol.15, n°3, 2016.

"Self-Blinded Oracles in DC’s Future Market for Security", European Review of International Studies, Vol.2, n°1, December 2015.

The Gamble of War: Is it Possible to Justify Preventive War?, New York, Palgrave Macmillan (The Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy), 2013.

Moralizing International Relations: Called to Account, New York, Palgrave Macmillan (The Sciences Po Series in International Relations and Political Economy), 2008.

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