Charles Larmore

W. Duncan MacMillan Family Professor Emeritus in the Humanities and Professor Emeritus of Philosophy


Charles Larmore received his PhD from Yale in 1978. He taught at Columbia until 1997 and then at Chicago before coming to Brown in 2006 as the W. Duncan MacMillan Family Professor in the Humanities.

Larmore's work in moral and political philosophy has focused on such topics as the foundations of political liberalism, the nature of the self, and the nature of moral judgment. He has also published extensively on figures and problems in the history of philosophy, particularly in the area of 17th century philosophy and on German Idealism. He is the author of a number of books: Patterns of Moral Complexity (1987); Modernité et morale (1993); The Romantic Legacy (1996); The Morals of Modernity (1996); Les Pratiques du moi (2004), which was awarded the "Grand Prix de Philosophie" by the Académie Française; Débat sur l'éthique (2004), co-authored with Alain Renaut; The Autonomy of Morality (2008); Dare ragioni (2008); Dernières nouvelles du moi (2009), co-authored with Vincent Descombes, Vernunft und Subjektivität (2012), and Das Selbst in seinem Verhältnis zu sich und zu anderen (2017). His two most recent books are What is Political Philosophy?  (2020) and Morality and Metaphysics (2021), He is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.