Michael Thompson

  • Professor of Philosophy

Michael Thompson (PhD, UCLA, 1992) has been an assistant professor at UCLA and a visiting professor at the University of Leipzig; he has held a Laurance Rockefeller fellowship at the University Center for Human Values, Princeton, and a Burkhardt fellowship at the Institute for Advanced Study. His current interests are ethics, political theory, philosophy of mind, and theory of action. The philosophers who most interest him are Aristotle, Aquinas, Kant, Hegel, Marx, Frege, and Wittgenstein.

Representative Publications

  • "The Representation of Life", in Virtues and Reasons, edited by Rosalind Hursthouse, Gavin Lawrence and Warren Quinn (Oxford: Oxford University Press), 1995, pp. 247-97.
  • "The Living Individual and its Kind", Behavioral and Brain Sciences, vol. 21, p. 591-2,1998.
  • "Two Forms of Practical Generality", in Practical Rationality and Preference ed., Arthur Ripstein and Christopher Morris, Cambridge University Press, 2001, pp. 121-52.
  • “What is it to Wrong Someone? A Puzzle about Justice”, in Reason and Value, eds.R. Jay Wallace, Philip Pettit, Samuel Scheffler and Michael Smith, Oxford University Press, 2004, pp. 333 – 384.
  • “Apprehending Human Form,” Modern Moral Philosophy, ed. A. O’Hear, Cambridge University Press, 2004, 47-74.