Frances Kamm

Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy
Harvard Kennedy School
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Frances M. Kamm is Littauer Professor of Philosophy and Public Policy. She is the author of Creation and Abortion; Morality, Mortality, Vol. 1: Death and Whom to Save From It; Morality, Mortality, Vol. 2: Rights, Duties, and Status; and Intricate Ethics. Kamm also has published many articles on normative ethical theory and practical ethics. She has held ACLS, AAUW, NEH, and Guggenheim fellowships and has been a Fellow of the Program in Ethics and the Professions at the Kennedy School, the Center for Human Values at Princeton, and the Center for Advanced Study at Stanford. She is a member of the editorial boards of Philosophy & Public Affairs, Legal Theory, Bioethics, and Utilitas and was a consultant on ethics to the World Health Organization. She is a member of the steering committee of the University Program in Ethics and Health.



  • DPI-201-C The Responsibilities of Public Action
  • DPI-260 Law and Philosophy Colloquium

Not Offered

  • DPI-209 Nonconsequentialist Ethical Theory and Aspects of Consequentialism
  • DPI-204 Seminar in Bioethics


For a complete list of faculty citations from 2001 - present, please visit the HKS Faculty Research Connection.

Selected Publication Citations:

  • Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
    • Kamm, Frances. "Bioethical Prescriptions." Journal of Medical Ethics 41.6 (June 2015): 493-495.
    • Kamm, Frances. "Response to Six Critics." Journal of Moral Philosophy 11.4 (July 2014): 476-517.
  • Book Chapters
    • Kamm, Frances. "'Who Turned the Trolley?' and 'How Was the Trolley Turned?'." The Tanner Lectures on Human Values. Ed. Mark Matheson. University of Utah Press, July 2014.
  • Magazine and Newspaper Articles
    • Kamm, Frances. "Taking Just War Seriously in Gaza." Boston Review. July 2014.
  • Reviews
    • Kamm, Frances. "Summary of Bioethical Prescriptions." Review of Bioethical Prescriptions, by Frances Kamm. Journal of Medical Ethics, 41.6, June 2015: 488-489.

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