Frances Kamm

Frances Kamm

Littauer Professor of Philosophy & Public Policy
Professor of Philosophy, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Frances Kamm

Research Interests: normative ethical theory, and practical ethics

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. (requires RealPlayer)

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, Berkeley.

Contact Information

Littauer 344
p: 617-384-9808
Office Hours: W 4:15-5:15 and by appointment (HKS)