Philip Pettit Awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC)

June 12, 2017

Professor Philip Pettit has been made a Companion to the Order of Australia for eminent service to philosophy through contributions to moral and political theory, as a distinguished academic, and as a leader of public debate on social, economic, and environmental issues.

In the Australian honours system, appointments to the Order of Australia confer the highest recognition for outstanding achievement and service, according to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet's website. The Companion of the Order of Australia is awarded for eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or humanity at large.

Professor Pettit's service includes:

Australian National University - Research School of Social Sciences:

  • Distinguished Professor of Philosophy (since 2013)
  • Professorial Fellow in Social and Political Theory (1983-2002)
  • Professor of Social and Political Theory (1989)

Princeton University, USA:

  • Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and the University Center for Human Values (since 2002)

Other appointments:

Honorary Professor of Philosophy, University of Sydney (2008-2017)

Honorary Professor of Philosophy, Queen's University, Belfast (2009-2019)

Visiting Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University (1997-2001)

Fellow, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (since 1987)

Fellow, Australian Academy of the Humanities (since 1988)

Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (since 2009)

Honorary Member, Royal Irish Academy (since 2010)

Corresponding Fellow, British Academy (since 2013)

Author of a range of publications including:

The robust demands of the good: ethics with attachment, virtue, and respect, Oxford University Press, 2015.

Just freedom: a moral compass for a complex world, W W Norton & Company, 2014.

On the people's terms: a republican theory and model of democracy, Cambridge University Press, 2012.

Made with words: Hobbes on language, mind, and politics, Princeton University Press, 2007.

A theory of freedom: from the psychology to the politics of agency, Oxford University Press, 2001.

Republicanism: a theory of freedom and government, Oxford University Press, 1997.

The common mind: an essay on psychology, society, and politics, Oxford University Press, 1993, and 1996.

Instituting a research ethic: chilling and cautionary tales, Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia, 1991.

Judging justice: an introduction to contemporary political philosophy, Routledge, 1980.

The concept of structuralism: a critical analysis, Berkeley University of California Press, 1975.

Pettit is the second UCHV faculty member to be appointed. In June 2012, Professor Peter Singer, the Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values, was appointed as a Companion of the Order of Australia.