Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics

Frances Kamm

Lucius Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy, Harvard Kennedy School; Professor of Philosophy, Harvard Department of Philosophy
  • Faculty Fellow, 1989-1990
  • Senior Scholar, 2003-2006, 2008-2013
  • Faculty Associate, 2003-2009
  • Faculty Committee, 2010-

Professor Kamm specializes in normative ethical theory and problems in practical ethics related to medicine and law. She has received a grant from the American Council of Learned Societies and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the American Association of University Women, Columbia Law School, the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard, the Center for Human Values at Princeton University, the Center for Advanced Studies in the Behavioral Sciences, Stanford, and the Petrie-Flom Center at Harvard Law School. She is a member of the editorial boards of Philosophy & Public Affairs, Utilitas, Legal Theory, The Journal of Moral Philosophy, and Bioethics, and the advisory board of Routledge International Library of Philosophy and the international advisory board of the Uehiro Center for Ethics, Oxford University. She serves on the steering committee of the Harvard Program in Ethics and Health. Her most recent publication is Intricate Ethics: Rights, Responsibilities, and Permissible Harms, Oxford Ethics Series (2006). She is also the author of Creation and Abortion (Oxford, 1992); Morality, Mortality, vols. I and II (Oxford, 1993, 1996); "Nonconsequentialism, the Person as an End-In-Itself and the Significance of Status" (Philosophy & Public Affairs, 1992); "Abortion and the Value of Life: A Discussion of Life's Dominion" (Columbia Law Review, 1995); "A Right to Choose Death?" (Boston Review, 1997); "Failures of Just War Theory" (Ethics, 2005); and "Terrorism and Several Moral Distinctions" (Legal Theory, 2006).  More information

Professor Kamm was a Faculty Fellow in Ethics (1989-1990), and has been a Senior Scholar in Ethics (2003-2006 and 2008-2009).  She has been a Faculty Associate of the Ethics Center since 2003.