Philip Pettit

Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor in the University Center for Human Values.
On Leave, 2023-24
Office Phone
Laura Wooten Hall, Room 305

Philip Pettit works in moral and political philosophy and on background issues in philosophical psychology and social ontology. His single-authored books include "The Common Mind" (1996), "Republicanism" (1997), "A Theory of Freedom" (2001), "Rules, Reasons, and Norms" (2002), "Made with Words: Hobbes on Mind, Society, and Politics" (2008), "On the People’s Terms: A Republican Theory and Model of Democracy" (2012), "Just Freedom: A Moral Compass for a Complex World" (2014), "The Robust Demands of the Good: Ethics with Attachment‚ Virtue and Respect" (2015) , and "The Birth of Ethics: Reconstructing the Role and Nature of Morality" (2018). He is the coauthor of "The Economy of Esteem" (2004), with Geoffrey Brennan, "Mind, Morality, and Explanation" (2004), a selection of papers with Frank Jackson and Michael Smith; "A Political Philosophy in Public Life: Civic Republicanism in Zapatero’s Spain" (2010), with Jose Marti; and "Group Agents: The Possibility, Design and Status of Corporate Actors" (2011), with Christian List. "Common Minds: Themes from the Philosophy of Philip Pettit" appeared in 2007 with Oxford University Press, edited by Michael Smith, Geoffrey Brennan, Robert Goodin, and Frank Jackson. "Philip Pettit: Five Themes from his Work" appeared with Springer in 2016, edited by Simon Derpmann and D.P.Schweikard. Pettit holds his appointment at the Center jointly with an appointment as Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Australian National University, Canberra. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy, an Honorary Member of the Royal Irish Academy and a Fellow of both the Humanities and Social Sciences Academies in Australia. Pettit was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) in 2017.