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CEPA Seminar: Fabienne Peter

Public Deference


Uptown Campus

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Invitation Only

Open To: Faculty, Graduate students

Event Type: Faculty Seminars

Sponsored By: Center for Ethics and Public Affairs , Murphy Institute

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COVID-19 Safety Protocols:   Attendees must provide proof of vaccination or a negative PCR COVID-19 test (within 72 hours) prior to entry.  All attendees are STRONGLY encouraged to wear masks.


Fabienne Peter is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick and a 2021-2022 Faculty Fellow at the Center for Ethics and Public Affairs. 

She has written extensively on political legitimacy and is interested in the question of what, if anything, justifies democracy. She has published a book on  Democratic Legitimacy (Routledge, 2009) and is the author of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on “Political Legitimacy. She is also the co-editor of two volumes with Oxford University Press, Rationality and Commitment (2007) and Public Health, Ethics, and Equity (2004), and the author of more than 30 articles and chapters appearing leading venues such as Erkenntnis, the Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, and Synthese. 

One of her projects focuses on the normative foundations of conceptions of political legitimacy. A key question this project explores is how expertise bears on the justification of political decisions. She is currently consolidating this line of research by writing a book on “The Grounds of Political Legitimacy.” Relatedly, she is a project member of the AHRC-funded collaborative project on Norms for the New Public Sphere. The project explores the norms that can underpin the regulation of social media platforms in relation to their increasingly important role in political debate.

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