Piers Norris Turner

Associate Professor and PPE Coordinator
Faculty

Piers Norris Turner is Associate Professor of Philosophy and (by courtesy) Political Science. He is a faculty coordinator for the new interdisciplinary major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (ppe.osu.edu), and chair of the steering committee of the Center for Ethics and Human Values (cehv.osu.edu). At CEHV, he has been a lead organizer of its “Conversations on Morality, Politics, and Society” (COMPAS) program.

Piers also serves on the faculty advisory boards of the Sustainability Institute and the Program on Data and Governance (in the Moritz College of Law), and is an active participant in the OSU Political Theory Workshop.

His research focuses on utilitarianism and liberal political thought, especially as it relates to the moral and political philosophy of John Stuart Mill. He has published articles in a number of leading journals and is working on a manuscript entitled Mill’s Ethics for the Cambridge Elements of Ethics series. He recently co-edited Public Reason in Political Philosophy: Classic Sources and Contemporary Commentaries (Routledge, 2017) and previously co-edited a collection of unpublished social and political writings by Karl Popper, called After The Open Society (Routledge, 2008).

Selected articles include:

• “Luck and Distributive Justice in Mill,” The Routledge Handbook of Theories of Luck, eds. Ian M. Church and Robert J. Hartman (Routledge, forthcoming)

• “The Rise of Liberal Utilitarianism: Bentham and Mill,” The Blackwell Companion to 19th Century Philosophy, ed. J.A. Shand (Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming)

• “Social Morality in Mill,” in Public Reason in Political Philosophy: Classical Sources and Contemporary Commentaries, eds. Piers Norris Turner and Gerald Gaus (Routledge, 2017)

• “Mill and Modern Liberalism,” in The Blackwell Companion to John Stuart Mill, eds. Christopher Macleod and Dale Miller (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016)

• “Rules and Right in Mill,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 53:4 (October 2015), 723-745

• “Mill and the Liberal Rejection of Legal Moralism,” History of Philosophy Quarterly 31:1 (January, 2015), 79-99

• “On Felix Adler’s ‘The Freedom of Ethical Fellowship,’” Ethics 125:1 (October 2014), 208-210

• “‘Harm’ and Mill’s Harm Principle,” Ethics 124:2 (January 2014), 299-326

• “The Absolutism Problem in On Liberty,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 43:3 (December 2013), 322-340

• “Authority, Progress, and the ‘Assumption of Infallibility’ in On Liberty,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 51:1 (January 2013), 93-117

 

Areas of Expertise
  • Mill
  • Ethics
  • Political Philosophy
Education
  • M.Sc. London School of Economics and Political Science
  • M.A. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2004
  • B.A. Yale University, 1997
  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2009

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