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Fabienne Peter


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. 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, on a broad range of topics in moral philosophy, political philosophy, and social epistemology.

One of her current projects focuses on the grounds of political legitimacy. A key question this project explores is how expertise bears on the justification of political decisions. Relatedly, she is also a project member on an Arts and Humanities Research Council-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.

Professor Peter held a post-doctoral fellowship at the Harvard School of Public Health, where she worked with Sudhir Anand and Amartya Sen on a project on justice in health. In 1997, she was a Hoover Fellow at the Université Catholique de Louvain. She earned a doctorate in Economics from the University of St. Gallen in 1996 and completed a Habilitation in Economics and Philosophy of Economics at the University of Basel in 2004.


The Murphy Institute

Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), The Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.