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Professor Philip Pettit

Visiting Professor

Professor Philip Pettit, Laurence S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University  has been appointed Visiting Professor at the School of Politics International Studies and Philosophy for the next three years. Professor Pettit, who graduated from QUB with a PhD on the philosophy of Paul Ricoeur in 1970, is regarded as one of the world’s foremost philosophers on account of his work in moral and political philosophy, philosophy of mind and philosophy of the social sciences. Among his many publications are: 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). He is the co-author of Economy of Esteem (OUP 2004), with Geoffrey Brennan; and Mind, Morality and Explanation (OUP 2004), a selection of papers with Frank Jackson and Michael Smith.

Professor Pettit has previously held positions at QUB, UCD, Cambridge, Bradford, and ANU, where he was appointed Emeritus Professor of the Australian National University in 2004, having been Professor of Social and Political Theory and Professor of Philosophy at the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University since 1983.

He is currently completing a book with Christian List, Group Agents (forthcoming), and two recent series of lectures will be published as: The Conversational Imperative: Communication, Commitment and the Moral Point of View (Wiley Blackwell, forthcoming), and On the People's Terms: A Republican Theory of Democracy (CUP, forthcoming).