A. John Simmons

Former Director

A. John Simmons (PhD, Cornell) is Commonwealth Professor of Philosophy, and Professor of Law; Editor, Philosophy and Public Affairs; Editorial Board member, Social Theory and Practice. He specializes in political philosophy, ethics, history of moral and political theory, and philosophy of law, and he is best known for his books and articles on authority and political obligation and on John Locke’s political philosophy. Most recently, he is the author of Political Philosophy (Oxford University Press, 2008). Professor Simmons served as Program Director from 1985 to 1990.