James Griffin (philosopher)

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James Griffin
Born James Patrick Griffin
(1933-07-08) 8 July 1933 (age 83)
Nationality Anglo-American
Alma mater St Antony's College, Oxford
Institutions University of Oxford

James Patrick Griffin (born 8 July 1933),[1] is an American-born philosopher, who was White's Professor of Moral Philosophy at the University of Oxford from 1996 to 2000.


Griffin was educated at Choate School in Wallingford, Connecticut before studying at Yale University, obtaining a BA in 1955. He was then a Rhodes Scholar at Corpus Christi College, Oxford (1955–58), then a Senior Scholar at St Antony's College, Oxford (1958–60), obtaining his doctorate in 1960.[2]


After lecturing at Christ Church, Oxford from 1960 to 1966, he was appointed a Fellow of Keble College, Oxford in 1966, a position he held until 1996. He was then appointed White's Professor of Moral Philosophy at Oxford, becoming a Fellow of Corpus Christi College; he was appointed an Honorary Fellow of Keble in 1996, and is now also an Emeritus Fellow of Corpus Christi.[2]

In 2000 Griffin became Distinguished Visiting Professor of Philosophy at Rutgers University and in 2002 Adjunct Professor at the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics in Australia in Canberra.[2]

Selected bibliography[edit]

His publications include:

  • Griffin, James (1964). Wittgenstein’s logical atomism. Oxford, Oxfordshire: Clarendon Press. OCLC 525515. 
  • Griffin, James (1986). Well-being: its meaning, measurement, and moral importance. Oxford, Oxfordshire: Clarendon Press. ISBN 9780198248439. 
  • Griffin, James (1996). Value judgement: improving our ethical beliefs. Oxford New York: Clarendon Press Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780198235538. 
  • Griffin, James (2008). On human rights. Oxford New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9781435633452. 
  • Griffin, James (2015). What Can Philosophy Contribute To Ethics?. Oxford New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0198748094. 

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ "Griffin, James, 1933-". Library of Congress. Retrieved 23 July 2014. Phone call to pub., 10/15/86 (James Patrick Griffin; b. 7/8/33 
  2. ^ a b c "Griffin, Prof. James Patrick". Who's Who 2009. Oxford University Press. December 2008. Retrieved 6 October 2009.