Philip Pettit

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"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. 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 held a professorial position jointly in Social and Political Theory and Professor of Philosophy. He was elected fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009, and honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy in 2010; he is also a fellow of the Australian academies in Humanities and Social Sciences. He holds honorary professorships in Philosophy at Sydney University and Queen's University, Belfast. In 2010 he won a Guggenheim fellowship and spent 2010-11 as a fellow of the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral and Social Sciences at Stanford University.

"He works in moral and political theory and on background issues in the philosophy of mind and metaphysics. His recent 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), Examen a Zapatero (Temas de Hoy, Madrid 2008) and Made with Words: Hobbes on Mind, Society and Politics (PUP 2008). 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; A Political Philosophy in Public Life: Civic Republicanism in Zapatero's Spain (PUP 2010), with Jose Marti; and Group Agency (OUP 2011), with Christian List, LSE. He is currently finalizing a number of book projects: the text of the 2010 Seeley Lectures in Cambridge University to be published in 2012 by CUP under the title On the People's Terms; and the text of the 2009 Blackwell Lectures in Philosophy, Brown University, Morality and its Place in Nature, to be published by Wiley Blackwell, probably in 2013. Also forthcoming with W.W.Norton is a book for a general audience, entitled Just Freedom. In 2011 he gave the Uehiro Lectures in Ethics in Oxford University and he is giving the Frankfurt Lectures in Frankfurt University in 2012. 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. " [1]

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  1. Philip Pettit,, accessed October 18, 2011.
  2. Scientific Committee, IDEAS Foundation for Progress, accessed October 18, 2011.