Department of Philosophy and the College
Benjamin Laurence’s areas of specialization are in political philosophy and ethics, including the history of moral and political philosophy, but he also has strong interests in the philosophy of action and human rights. His research focuses on defending the project of ideal theory, the attempt to provide an account of the ideal or fully just political community. He is currently exploring the ways in which certain strands of liberalism are in tension with this project. He is also working on the questions of what economic organizations are compatible with a fully just society and why a fully just society must be a democracy.
His publication “An Anscombean Approach to Collective Action” appears in Essays on Anscombe’s Intention (Harvard University Press, 2011). While at the University of Pittsburgh, he was awarded Mellon Fellowships in 2006 and 1999, and the Allan Ross Anderson Fellowship in 2002. He was the recipient of the Garlan Prize in Philosophy from Reed College in 1998.
Laurence received his PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 2008 and his BA from Reed College in 1998.
Laurence joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2011.