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Pettit, Philip

  • Andrei Poama
Living reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-007-6730-0_122-1


Philip N. Pettit is Laurence S. Rockefeller university professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University and distinguished professor of Philosophy at the Australian National University. He is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, honorary member of the Royal Irish Academy, fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia and of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, and corresponding fellow of the British Academy. Pettit’s early work explores questions related to phenomenology (Pettit 1969) and structuralism (Pettit 1975), but he is now primarily associated with his analytic approach to political, social, and legal philosophy, as well as to the philosophy of mind, moral philosophy, and metaphysics. Though these domains are systematically connected and would benefit from a joint reading, this entry will, for lack of space, deal only with his political, legal, and social philosophy.

Pettit was born to a Catholic family in Ballygar,...

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  1. Pettit P (1969) On the idea of phenomenology. Scepter Books, DublinGoogle Scholar
  2. Pettit P (1975) The concept of structuralism: a critical analysis. Gil and MacMillan, DublinGoogle Scholar
  3. Pettit P (1980) Judging justice: an introduction to contemporary political philosophy. Routledge and Kegan Paul, LondonGoogle Scholar
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  17. Pettit P, List C (2011) Group agency: the possibility, design and status of corporate agents. Oxford University Press, OxfordGoogle Scholar
  18. Pettit P, Marti JL (2010) A political philosophy in public life: civic republicanism in Zapatero’s Spain. Princeton University Press, PrincetonGoogle Scholar
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Leiden UniversityLeidenThe Netherlands

Section editors and affiliations

  • Sally Scholz
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  1. 1.Philosophy DepartmentVillanova UniversityVillanovaUSA