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Barnard College where Judith Thomson received a Bachelor of Arts degree.
The Old Schools, Trinity Ln, Cambridge CB2 1TN, United Kingdom
The University of Cambridge where Judith Thomson studied.
New York, NY 10027, United States
Columbia University where Judith Thomson received a Doctor of Philosophy degree.
71 E 94th St, New York, NY 10128, United States
Hunter College High School where Judith Thomson studied.
Judith Jarvis Thomson receives an Honorary Doctor of Laws Degree from Harvard University on May 26, 2016.
(The purpose of this brilliant book is to answer the philo...)
The purpose of this brilliant book is to answer the philosophical question, "What is the nature of human acts?" It represents an example of sustained philosophical thinking on a topic of great importance in philosophy of action and in metaphysics, linguistics, and law. Of special interest is the author's analysis - in terms of causality - of the part-whole relation among events. By use of that relation she gives accounts of the parts of acts of a number of centrally important kinds, and analyses of agency, 'method,' and intentionality. Theory of action has been, and continues to be, the focus of intense debate.
(The concept of a right is fundamental to moral, political...)
The concept of a right is fundamental to moral, political, and legal thinking, but much of the use of that concept is selective and fragmentary: it is common merely to appeal to this or that intuitively plausible attribution of rights as needed for purposes of argument. In The Realm of Rights Judith Thomson provides a full-scale, systematic theory of human and social rights, bringing out what in general makes an attribution of a right true.
(How should we live? What do we owe to other people? In Go...)
How should we live? What do we owe to other people? In Goodness and Advice, the eminent philosopher Judith Jarvis Thomson explores how we should go about answering such fundamental questions. In doing so, she makes major advances in moral philosophy, pointing to some deep problems for influential moral theories and describing the structure of a new and much more promising theory.
(Judith Jarvis Thomson's Normativity is a study of normati...)
Judith Jarvis Thomson's Normativity is a study of normative thought. She brings out that normative thought is not restricted to moral thought. Normative judgments divide into two sub-kinds, the evaluative and the directive; but the sub-kinds are larger than is commonly appreciated. Evaluative judgments include the judgments that such and such is a good umbrella, that Alfred is a witty comedian, and that Bert answered Carol's question correctly, as well as the judgment that David is a good human being. Directive judgments include the judgment that a toaster should toast evenly, that Edward ought to get a haircut, and that Frances must move her rook, as well as the judgment that George ought to be kind to his little brother.
(His life as a dashing young courtier long since jettisone...)
His life as a dashing young courtier long since jettisoned by scandal and intrigue, Philip Devalle finds himself caught in a dangerous alliance with the scheming Earl of Shaftesbury. Lying broken and defeated in the infamous confines of the Bastille, Philip vows to make his enemies pay. But the Bastille changes a man. In his desire to hurt those who have hurt him he is in danger of losing sight of the person he once was. Can he ever be that person again? Older, wiser and disillusioned with everything for which he once yearned, Philip finds himself forced to confront the realities of conflict, death and defeat. But he must also withstand the most challenging confrontation of all-coming face to face with the man he has become, and the undeniable longings of the human heart.
(England is once more a divided nation... It is 1688 and ...)
England is once more a divided nation... It is 1688 and James ll is on the throne of England. But James is not popular – and he is a Catholic. The situation is dangerously volatile. Although Duke of Monmouth’s rebellion has failed, with bloody consequences, there are still many who desire to replace James with a Protestant monarch. Among these are Philip Devalle, who has been James’ open enemy in the past, and Philip’s brother-in-law. Giles Fairfield, who fought in Monmouth’s doomed uprising. Neither will prosper in a country ruled by King James. However, there is an alternative. For Philip, virtually a prisoner on his estate, and Giles, an exile from his native land, it would mean taking great risks. Failure would be disastrous for them both…but success could bring great rewards!
Judith Thomson graduated from Hunter College High School in 1946. She studied at Barnard College where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1950. Thomson attended the University of Cambridge where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1952 and a Master of Arts degree in 1956. She earned her Doctor of Philosophy degree from Columbia University in 1959.
In 2015, Judith Thomson was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Cambridge, and in 2016 by Harvard University.
Judith Thomson started her career as a lecturer at Barnard College in 1956. In 1959, she was appointed an instructor and in 1960 she became an assistant professor. She held this post until 1962 and one year later she took up the same post at Boston University. In 1964 Thomson left Boston University and became an associate professor at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1969 she was appointed a professor and from 1991 to 1996 she served as a Laurance S. Rockefeller Professor of Philosophy. In 1996, Thomson again took up the post of a professor and held this post until her retirement in 2004. Thomson worked as a visiting professor at the University of Pittsburgh, the University of California at Berkeley Law School and Yale Law School.
Judith Thomson wrote her first book The Time of a Killing in 1971. Later she wrote such books as Acts and Other Events, The Realm of Rights, Designs of a Gentleman and High Heatherton. Her latest book The Distant Hills was published in 2018. Thomson also wrote numerous articles for such journals as Philosophy & Public Affairs, Journal of Philosophy and Social Philosophy & Policy.
(The concept of a right is fundamental to moral, political...)1990
(The purpose of this brilliant book is to answer the philo...)1977
(How should we live? What do we owe to other people? In Go...)2001
(His life as a dashing young courtier long since jettisone...)2014
(Judith Jarvis Thomson's Normativity is a study of normati...)2008
(England is once more a divided nation... It is 1688 and ...)2017
Judith Thomson's main areas of research are moral philosophy and metaphysics. In moral philosophy, she has made significant contributions to meta-ethics, normative ethics, and applied ethics. She also wrote books in which she covers basic issues in normative moral theory concerning the basis of moral rights and in particular to questions about when it is morally permissible to infringe another’s right to life. Her most famous essay, A defense of abortion. This essay has been the starting point for most subsequent discussions of the morality of abortion. Her treatment of the Trolley Problem pinpointed essential differences between deflecting a danger onto a different target, thereby causing one death rather than five, and, for instance, forcing someone to sacrifice their life so that they can be an organ donor for five patients who would otherwise die.
Judith Thomson is a member of the American Philosophical Association, Council for Philosophical Studies, American Association of University Professors, Human Studies Committee of the Department of Health and Hospitals of the City of Boston and Center for the Study of Values at the University of Delaware. She is also a member of the American Philosophical Society.
Judith Jarvis Thomson married James Thomson in 1962. They separated in 1976 and divorced in 1980.