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Professor Frances Kamm Professor
Frances Kamm

(On leave 2013-2014)
Littauer Professor of Philosophy & Public Policy
Professor of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Littauer 344 617-384-9808
Frances Kamm is the Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy in the Kennedy School of Government, as well as Professor of Philosophy in the Faculty of Arts & Sciences.

She is the author of Creation and Abortion (1992); Morality, Mortality, Vol. 1: Death and Whom to Save From It (1993); Morality, Mortality, Vol. 2: Rights, Duties, and Status (1996); Intricate Ethics: Rights, Responsibilities, and Permissible Harm (2007), and, most recently, Ethics for Enemies: Terror, Torture, & War (2011). She also has published many articles on normative ethical theory and practical ethics.

Professor Kamm has held ACLS, AAUW, and Guggenheim fellowships, and has been a Fellow of the Program in Ethics and the Professions at the Kennedy School, the Center for Human Values at Princeton, and the Center for Advanced Study at Stanford.

She is a member of the editorial boards of Philosophy & Public Affairs, Legal Theory, Bioethics, and Utilitas, and was a consultant on ethics to the World Health Organization.

Professor Kamm delivered the annual Oslo Lecture in Moral Philosophy in August 2007.

In 2008, she delivered the Uehiro Lectures at Oxford.

In November 2009, Professor Kamm participated, along with Steve Pyke, T.M. Scanlon, and Alex Voorhoeve in "Counter-Composition: Conversations on Ethics," held at the Humanities Center, Harvard University. To view the video of the conference, please click here. (When you arrive at the site, click on the link to open the video file. You will be prompted to open the file or to save it to your computer. Choose "Open with" and the file will open and begin to play when it has finished loading. You will need to have Real Player installed on yoru computer to watch this video file.)

In 2010-2011, Professor Kamm delivered the Auguste Comte Memorial Lectures at the London School of Economics.

In 2011, Professor Kamm was elected a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. More information about her election can be found here.

On May 24 2011, Professor Kamm participated in a panel discussion, "Who Am I? Beyond 'I Think, Therefore I Am'," along with Alex Voorhoeve, Elie During, Timothy Wilson, and David Jopling.

On March 19-21 2013, Professor Kamm delivered the Tanner Lectures on Human Values at the University of California, Berkely.

F.M. Kamm, The Moral Target Professor Kamm's new book, The Moral Target: Aiming at Right Conduct in War and Other Conflicts, was published in September 2012.
Book Cover for F. M. Kamm's book, Ethics For Enemies Professor Kamm's book, Ethics for Enemies: Terror, Torture, & War, was published in July 2011.

A link to the virtual book tour may be found here.
Book Cover, Intricate Ethics, by Frances Kamm A blog about Professor Kamm's book, Intricate Ethics, may be found here.

A video of Professor Kamm speaking about Intricate Ethics may be found here -- click on the link, "Meet Frances Kamm," underneath the image of the book's cover. (Real Player is required to view the video.)

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