Brown University ~ Department of Philosophy

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Charles Larmore
W. Duncan MacMillan Family Professor in the Humanities
218 Corliss Brackett
Office Hours: M 11:00-12:00

Charles Larmore received his PhD from Yale in 1978. He taught at Columbia until 1997 and then at Chicago before coming to Brown in 2006 as the W. Duncan MacMillan Family Professor in the Humanities.

Larmore's work in moral and political philosophy has focused on such topics as the foundations of political liberalism, the nature of the self, and the nature of moral judgment. He has also published extensively on figures and problems in the history of philosophy, particularly in the area of 17th century philosophy and on German Idealism. He is the author of a number of books: Patterns of Moral Complexity (1987); Modernité et morale (1993); The Romantic Legacy (1996); The Morals of Modernity (1996); Les Pratiques du moi (2004), which was awarded the "Grand Prix de Philosophie" by the Académie Française; Débat sur l'éthique (2004), co-authored with Alain Renaut; The Autonomy of Morality (2008); Dare ragioni (2008); and Dernières nouvelles du moi (2009), co-authored with Vincent Descombes. His most recent book, Vernuft und Subjektivität (2012), is on the nature of reason.

Online Papers

"Reflection and Morality", in Social Philosophy and Policy 27 (2010), 1-28 (PDF)

"Einsichten und Hemmungen eines Nachmetaphysikers" (Review of Jürgen Habermas, Philosophische Texte), in Deutsche Zeitschrift für Philosophie 57 (2009), 953-961 (PDF)

"Die normative Struktur des Selbst", in Von der Logik zur Sprache: Stuttgarter Hegel-Kongress 2005 (Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta, 2007), 498-514 (PDF)

"Descartes and Skepticism", in S. Gaukroger (ed.), The Blackwell Guide to Descartes’ Meditations (Oxford: Blackwell, 2006), 17-29 (PDF)

"What is Political Philosophy?", Journal of Moral Philosophy 10 (2013), forthcoming (PDF)

"Hölderlin and Novalis", in K. Ameriks (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to German Idealism (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000), 141-160 (PDF)