Tom Campbell (philosopher)

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Tom Campbell
Alma mater University of Glasgow
Balliol College, Oxford
Scientific career
Fields Philosophy of Law, Human Rights, Business and Ethics, Adam Smith
Institutions University of Stirling
University of Glasgow
Australian National University
Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE)
Influences Adam Smith

Thomas (Tom) Douglas Campbell (1938–2019) was a Scottish philosopher and jurist. He held academic positions in Scotland and Australia, and was a professorial fellow of the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) in Canberra.


Early life

Campbell studied mental philosophy at the University of Glasgow, graduating M.A. with first class honours in 1962, and received a Snell Exhibition to study theology at Balliol College, Oxford, graduating in 1964. [1] He then returned to Glasgow to study for a Ph.D., with a thesis entitled Adam Smith and the Sociology of Morals, whilst lecturing in the university on social and political philosophy. His Ph.D. was awarded in 1969.


Campbell left Glasgow in 1973 to become professor of philosophy at the recently established University of Stirling, returning in 1979 as professor of jurisprudence. [1]

In 1990, Campbell left Scotland for Australia, to become professor of law at the Australian National University, serving as dean of the Faculty of Law from 1994 to 1997. [1] [2] He retired in 2001 and then was a professorial fellow at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE), a joint venture of the Australian National University, Charles Sturt University and University of Melbourne, and director of the Charles Sturt University Division of the centre. [3]


Campbell died in Canberra on 27 July 2019, aged 81. [4]

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  2. "Tom Campbell". ANU College of Law . Retrieved 19 March 2010.
  3. "Tom Campbell". Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics (CAPPE) . Retrieved 19 August 2010.
  4. Mullen, Tom. "Professor Tom Campbell (1938-2019)". University of Glasgow School of Law Blog. Retrieved 9 August 2019.
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Preceded by
Sandy Anton
Professor of Jurisprudence,
University of Glasgow

Succeeded by
Scott Veitch