February 14, 2008
Philip Noel Pettit is an Irish philosopher and political theorist. He speaks at the Baker Institute as part of the Ethics, Politics and Society lecture series, co-hosted with the Rice University Department of Philosophy. He is Laurence Rockefeller University Professor of Politics and Human Values at Princeton University. Pettit is known for defending a version of Republicanism in political philosophy and for arguing for a tight connection between issues in cognitive science, philosophy of social science, free will and political philosophy. Pettit specifically develops the idea of how laws should be based on nondomination, as a route to liberty.