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Professor Philip Pettit AC

MA (National University of Ireland), MA (Cambridge), PhD (Queen’s); Hon DLitt (National University of Ireland), Hon DLitt (Queen’s, Belfast), Hon DPh (Lund, Sweden), Hon PhD (Crete), Hon PhD (Montreal), Hon PhD (Athens)

Elected: 1987

Discipline: Philosophy

Specialisation: Political, philosophy, ethics, review

Profile

PHILIP PETTIT is the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University, where he has taught political theory and philosophy since 2002.  From January 2013 he has been dividing his time between his post in Princeton and an appointment in the ANU as Distinguished Professor of Philosophy.  Irish by background and training, he was a lecturer in University College, Dublin, a Research Fellow at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and Professor of Philosophy at the University of Bradford, before moving in 1983 to the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University; there he was Professor of Social and Political Theory and Professor of Philosophy.  He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, an honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, and a fellow of the Australian academies in Humanities and Social Sciences.  He holds honorary degrees from the National University of Ireland (Dublin), the University of Crete, Universite de Montreal, Lund University, Queen’s University, Belfast and the University of Athens.  He is an honorary Professor of Philosophy at Queen’s University, Belfast and at the University of Sydney, Australia.

He works in moral and political theory and on background issues in philosophical psychology and social ontology.  His single-authored books include The Common Mind (OUP 1996), Republicanism (OUP 1997), A Theory of Freedom (OUP 2001), Rules, Reasons and Norms (OUP 2002), Penser en Societe (PUF, Paris 2004), Made with Words: Hobbes on Mind, Society and Politics (PUP 2008), On the People’s Terms: A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy (CUP 2012); Just Freedom: A Moral Compass for a Complex World (Nortons 2014); and The Robust Demands of the Good: Ethics with Attachment, Virtue and Respect (OUP 2015).  He is the co-author of Economy of Esteem (OUP 2004), with Geoffrey Brennan; Mind, Morality and Explanation (OUP 2004), a selection of papers with Frank Jackson and Michael Smith; and A Political Philosophy in Public Life: Civic Republicanism in Zapatero’s Spain, with Jose Luis Marti (PUP 2010) and Group Agency: The Possibility, Design and Status of Corporate Agents, co-authored with Christian List, LSE (OUP 2011).  Common MInds: Themes from the Philosophy of Philip Pettit appeared from OUP in 2007, edited by Geoffrey Brennan, R.E.Goodin, Frank Jackson and Michael Smith.

Appointments

L.S.Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values, Princeton University
AND, on a shared basis,
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Australian National University

Honorary Professor of Philosophy, University of Sydney

Honorary Professor of Philosophy, Queen’s University, Belfast

Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Hon Member, Royal Irish Academy

Fellow, Academy of the Humanities Australia

Corresponding Fellow, British Academy

Awards

Honorary doctorates: National University of Ireland; University of Crete; Université de Montreal; Queen’s University, Belfast; University of Lund; University of Athens.

Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy

Publications

  • The Robust Demands of the Good: Ethics with Attachment, Virtue and Respect (2015) Oxford. Oxford University Press
  • Just Freedom: A Moral Compass for a Complex World (2014) Nortons, New York
  • On the People’s Terms: A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy (2012). Cambridge. Cambridge University Press
  • Christian List and Philip Pettit (2011) Group Agency: The Possibility, Design and Status of Corporate Agents. Oxford. Oxford University Press.
  • J.LMarti and Philip Pettit (2010) A Philosophy in Public Life: Civic Republicanism in Zapatero’s Spain Princeton. Princeton University Press,
  • Made with Words: Hobbes on Language, Mind and Politics (2008). Princeton. Princeton University Press
  • Frank Jackson, Philip Pettit and Michael Smith (2004) Mind, Morality and Explanation: Selected Collaborations. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Geoffrey Brennan and Philip Pettit (2004) The Economy of Esteem. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Philip Pettit (2002) Rules, Reasons, and Norms: Selected Essays. Oxford: OUP.
  • Philip Pettit (2001) A Theory of Freedom: From the Psychology to the Politics of Agency. Cambridge, UK/New York: Polity/OUP, US.
  • Philip Pettit (1997) Republicanism: A Theory of Freedom and Government. Oxford: OUP.

 

Contact

Website: http://www.princeton.edu/~ppettit

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