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Piers Norris Turner

Piers Norris Turner

Piers Norris Turner

Associate Professor of Philosophy


368 University Hall

Piers Norris Turner is Associate Professor of Philosophy and (by courtesy) Political Science. He is also a leader of Ohio State's Center for Ethics and Human Values and its COMPAS program, a member of the Democracy Studies Program, and a regular participant in the Political Theory Workshop. His work 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 The Rightful and the Right: The Structure of JS Mill's Moral and Political Philosophy. He is also co-editing a volume on the history of public reason in political philosophy, and previously co-edited a collection of unpublished social and political writings by Karl Popper, called After The Open Society (Routledge).

Selected articles include:

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

•             “‘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