John Broome (philosopher)

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John Broome
Born 1947
Kuala Lumpur, Malayan Union
Era Contemporary philosophy
Region Western Philosophy
School Analytic philosophy
Main interests Economics, Normativity, Ethics

John Broome (born 1947) is a British philosopher and economist. He is currently the White's Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Corpus Christi College, Oxford.

Broome was educated at the University of Cambridge, at the University of London and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a PhD in economics. Before arriving at Oxford he was Professor of Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews and, prior to that, Professor of Economics and Philosophy at the University of Bristol. He has held visiting posts at the University of Virginia, the Australian National University, Princeton University, the University of Washington, the University of British Columbia, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in the Social Sciences, and the University of Canterbury. In 2007 Broome was elected a Foreign Member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences.

His book Weighing Goods (1991) explores the way in which goods "located" in each of the three "dimensions" — time, people, states of nature—make up overall goodness. Broome argues that these dimensions are linked by what he calls the interpersonal addition theorem, which supports the utilitarian principle of distribution. In his book Weighing Lives (2004), Broome rejects the presumed intuition that adding people to the population is ethically neutral. In his collection of papers, titled Ethics out of Economics (1999), he discusses topics such as value, equality, fairness, and utility.

Selected bibliography[edit]

  • The Microeconomics of Capitalism, Academic Press, 1983.
  • Weighing Goods: Equality, Uncertainty and Time, Blackwell, 1991
  • Counting the Cost of Global Warming, White Horse Press, 1992
  • Ethics Out of Economics, Cambridge University Press, 1999.
  • Weighing Lives, Oxford University Press, 2004.
  • Climate Matters: Ethics in a Warming World, Norton, 19 July 2012.

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