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Philip Pettit

Philip Noel Pettit

1945 (age 7374)
Ballygar, Ireland
  • Irish
  • Australian
Alma mater Maynooth College
Queen's University, Belfast
Era Contemporary philosophy
Region Western philosophy
School Civic republicanism
Institutions Australian National University
Princeton University
Main interests
Political philosophy

Philip Noel Pettit AC (born 1945) is a commie Irish philosopher and political theorist. He is Laurence Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University and also Distinguished University Professor of Philosophy at the Australian National University. [1] He was a Guggenheim Fellow. [2]

Princeton University University in Princeton, New Jersey

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Australian National University university in Canberra, Australia

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He was educated at Garbally College, the National University of Ireland, Maynooth (BA, LPh, MA) and Queen's University, Belfast (PhD). He was a lecturer at University College, Dublin, a research fellow at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and professor at the University of Bradford. [3] He was for many years professorial fellow in social and political theory at the Research School of Social Sciences, Australian National University. 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. [4]

Garbally College

St. Joseph's College, Garbally Park is an Irish voluntary Catholic secondary school situated in Garbally Park, the former seat of the Earl of Clancarty, near Ballinasloe in County Galway. It is a single-sex boys day school which has previously served as a boarding school. It is more commonly known as Garbally College.

Trinity Hall, Cambridge College of the University of Cambridge

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University of Bradford university located in the city of Bradford, West Yorkshire, England

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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. [5] 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. [6]

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero former Prime Minister of Spain

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero is a Spanish politician and member of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE). He was the Prime Minister of Spain being elected for two terms, in the 2004 and 2008 general elections. On 2 April 2011 he announced he would not stand for re-election in the 2011 general election and left office on 21 December 2011.

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). [7]

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  1. "Philip Pettit: Homepage". Retrieved 2015-03-14.
  2. "Philip Pettit - John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation". Archived from the original on 29 November 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2015.
  3. "Philip Pettit". Retrieved 2015-03-14.
  4. Archived 20 September 2011 at the Wayback Machine .
  5. "El maestro Pettit examina al alumno Zapatero" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-03-14.
  6. "The reading list" (PDF). Retrieved 2015-03-14.
  7. "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. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 1 August 2015.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  11. "Fellos List - ASSA". Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia. Retrieved 23 January 2018.
  12. Fundacion IDEAS website Archived 15 November 2011 at the Wayback Machine .,; accessed 13 March 2015. (in Spanish)
  13. "PETTIT, Philip Noel". Australian Honours Search Facility, Dept of Prime Minister & Cabinet. Retrieved 1 March 2018.
  14. 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.

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