Philip Pettit

Philip Noel Pettit

1945 (age 78–79)
Ballygar, Ireland
  • Irish
  • Australian
Alma materMaynooth College
Queen's University, Belfast
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolCivic republicanism
InstitutionsAustralian National University
Princeton University
Main interests
Political philosophy

Philip Noel Pettit AC (born 1945) is an Irish philosopher and political theorist. He is the Laurance S. Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University and also Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the Australian National University.[1]

Education and career

Pettit was educated at Garbally College, the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (BA, LPh, MA) and Queen's University, Belfast (PhD).

He has been a lecturer at University College, Dublin, a research fellow at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and professor at the University of Bradford.[2] He was for many years professorial fellow in social and political theory at the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University before becoming a visiting professor of philosophy at Columbia University for five years, then moving to Princeton.

He is the recipient of numerous honours, including an honorary doctorate from the National University of Ireland. He was keynote speaker at Graduate Conference, University of Toronto.[3]

He was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009,[4] and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2013.[5] He has also been a Guggenheim Fellow.[6]

Philosophical work

Pettit defends a version of civic republicanism in political philosophy. His book Republicanism: A Theory of Freedom and Government provided the underlying justification for political reforms in Spain under José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero.[7] Pettit detailed his relationship with Zapatero in his A Political Philosophy in Public Life: Civic Republicanism in Zapatero's Spain, co-authored with José Luis Martí.[8]

Pettit holds that the lessons learned when thinking about problems in one area of philosophy often constitute ready-made solutions to problems faced in completely different areas. Views he defends in philosophy of mind give rise to the solutions he offers to problems in metaphysics about the nature of free will, and to problems in the philosophy of the social sciences, and these in turn give rise to the solutions he provides to problems in moral philosophy and political philosophy. His corpus as a whole was the subject of a series of critical essays published in Common Minds: Themes from the Philosophy of Philip Pettit (Oxford University Press, 2007).[9]

Affiliations and honours

Selected bibliography


Chapters in books


  1. ^ "Philip Pettit: Homepage". Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Philip Pettit". Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  3. ^ [1] Archived 20 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Five named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences".
  5. ^ "British Academy | Elections to the Fellowship - British Academy". Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  6. ^ "Philip Pettit - John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  7. ^ "El maestro Pettit examina al alumno Zapatero" (PDF). Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  8. ^ "The reading list" (PDF). Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  9. ^ "Common Minds - Geoffrey Brennan; Robert Goodin; Frank Jackson; Michael Smith - Oxford University Press". 19 July 2007. Archived from the original on 19 October 2012. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Five named to American Academy of Arts and Sciences".
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  12. ^ "British Academy | Elections to the Fellowship - British Academy". Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Fellos List - ASSA". Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  14. ^ Fundacion IDEAS website Archived 15 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine,; accessed 13 March 2015. (in Spanish)
  15. ^ "PETTIT, Philip Noel". Australian Honours Search Facility, Dept of Prime Minister & Cabinet. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  16. ^ See "Republican Criminology and Victim Advocacy: Comment" for an article concerning the book in Law and Society Review, Vol. 28, No. 4 (1994), pp. 765–776.
  17. ^ Lloyd, S. A. (2009). "Book Review: Made with Words: Hobbes on Language, Mind, and Politics by Philip Pettit". Ethics. 119 (3): 590–594. doi:10.1086/598852. S2CID 157398503.

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