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Fabienne Peter

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I’m a Professor of Philosophy at the University of Warwick, specialising in moral and political philosophy and in social epistemology, including political epistemology. I served as Head of Department from 2017 to 2020.

Before coming to Warwick, I was a postdoc at Harvard University and then an assistant professor at the University of Basel. I’ve held visiting positions at the Research School of Social Sciences at ANU and the Murphy Institute at Tulane University.

I am a past editor of Economics and Philosophy  and a past associate editor of the Journal of Applied Philosophy.


My main philosophical contributions to date are in political philosophy and social and political epistemology. I have also published on the philosophy of economics and on health equity. More recently, I have started to work on issues in moral philosophy, especially meta-ethics and moral epistemology.

I have written extensively on political legitimacy. I am interested in the question of what, if anything, justifies democracy. I have published a book on Democratic Legitimacy and I am the author of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on “Political Legitimacy”. My new book on The Grounds of Political Legitimacy (OUP 2023) explores the normative foundations of conceptions of political legitimacy. I started this project when I held a Leverhulme Trust Research Fellowship in 2010/11.

Relatedly, I'be been involved in an AHRC-funded collaborative research project on Norms for the New Public SphereLink opens in a new window (2019 - 2022).The project explored the norms that can underpin the regulation of social media platforms in relation to their increasingly important role in political debate. in a spin-off from this project, together with Dr Jonathan Heawood from the Public Interest News Foundation, we've started to explore a co-creational model for the news media that combines a commitment to truth with a commitment to public participation.

A more recent research project focuses on issues in moral philosophy, especially moral normativity and moral epistemology. This research project explores questions such as the following. Are reasons fundamental normative facts? What is the role of fittingness in moral normativity? And how do we gain moral knowledge?

New Book

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  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Contemporary Political Philosophy
  • Moral Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Social Science
  • Philosophy and Economics (with Peter Hammond)
  • Topics in Moral and Political Philosophy (MA module)
  • Democratic Legitimacy and Justification (MA module, with Matthew Clayton)

Public Writing, Interviews, and Podcasts

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Twitter: @annefabpeter