Thomas Scanlon is Alford Professor of Natural Religion, Moral Philosophy, and Civil Polity. He received his BA from Princeton in 1962 and his PhD from Harvard. In between, he studied for a year at Oxford as a Fulbright Fellow. He taught at Princeton from 1966 before Harvard in 1984.
Professor Scanlon's dissertation and some of his first papers were in mathematical logic, but the bulk of his teaching and writing has been in moral and political philosophy. He has published papers on freedom of expression, the nature of rights, conceptions of welfare, and theories of justice, as well as on foundational questions in moral theory. His teaching has included courses on theories of justice, equality, and recent ethical theory. His book, What We Owe to Each Other, was published by Harvard University Press in 1988; a collection of papers on political theory, The Difficulty of Tolerance, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2003.
Sponsored by the Program on Global Justice, the Stanford Humanities Center, the Stanford Department of Political Science (Stanford Political Theory Workshop), and the Stanford Philosophy Department.