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Arthur Isak Applbaum is Adams Professor of
Political Leadership and Democratic Values. His work on political
legitimacy, civil and official disobedience, and role morality has
appeared in journals such as Philosophy & Public Affairs,
Journal of the American Medical Association, Harvard Law Review,
Ethics, and Legal Theory. He is the author of
Ethics for Adversaries, a book about the morality of roles
in public and professional life. Applbaum has written about the
ethics of executioners and of butlers, and he has consulted to the
government about the ethics of spies. Recent articles include
“Legitimacy without the Duty to Obey” and “Forcing a People to Be
Free.” Applbaum recently completed a political philosophy novel for
teenagers and hopes to complete a book on political legitimacy for
adults soon. He was Acting Director of the Edmond J. Safra Center
for Ethics at Harvard, where he currently directs the undergraduate
fellowships in ethics. Applbaum established the core course in
political ethics at the Kennedy School, and also teaches the
political theory field seminar in the Government Department and a
freshman seminar, “What Happened in Montaigne’s Library on the
Night of October 23, 1587, and Why Should Political Philosophers
Care?” He has been a member of Harvard’s Advisory Committee on
Shareholder Responsibility and chairs the ethics advisory board of
a stem cell research foundation. Applbaum holds degrees from
Princeton and Harvard. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Jerusalem, a
Faculty Fellow in Ethics at Harvard, and a Rockefeller Fellow at
Princeton University’s Center for Human Values.
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Selected Publication Citations:
- Academic Journal/Scholarly Articles
Applbaum, Arthur Isak. "Legitimacy without the Duty to Obey."
Philosophy & Public Affairs 38.3 (Summer 2010): 215-239.
Applbaum, Arthur Isak, Jon C. Tilburt, Michael T. Collins, and
David Wendler. "A Family's Request for Complementary Medicine After
Patient Brain Death." JAMA: Journal of the American Medical
Association 299.18 (May 14, 2008): 2188-2193.
Applbaum, Arthur Isak. "Forcing a People to Be Free." Philosophy
& Public Affairs 35.4 (Fall 2007): 359-400.
- Book Chapters
Applbaum, Arthur Isak. "Political Legitimacy and Official
Discretion." Political Accountability: The Library of
Contemporary Essays in Political Theory and Public Policy. Ed.
Richard Bellamy and Antonino Palumbo. Ashgate, 2010, 39-73.
Applbaum, Arthur Isak. "Professional Detachment: The Executioner of
Paris." Public Ethics: The Library of Contemporary Political
Theory and Public Policy. Ed. Richard Bellamy and Antonino
Palumbo. Ashgate, 2010, 103-131.
Applbaum, Arthur Isak. Forcing a People to Be Free. Legitimacy,
Justice, and Public International Law. Ed. Lukas H. Meyer.
Cambridge University Press, 2009, 270-310.
Applbaum, Arthur Isak. "Martyrdom and Desecration." The Jewish
Political Tradition, Vol II. Ed. Michael Walzer, et al. Yale
University Press, 2003.
Applbaum, Arthur Isak. "Failure in the Cybermarketplace of Ideas."
Governance.com: Democracy in the Information Age. Ed.
Kamarck, Elaine, and Joseph S. Nye, Jr. Brookings Institution,
Applbaum, Arthur Isak. Ethics for Adversaries, e-Book
Edition. Princeton University Press, 2001.
- HKS Faculty Research Working Paper Series
Applbaum, Arthur Isak. "All Foundings Are Forced." HKS Faculty
Research Working Paper Series RWP12-042, September 2012.
- Research Papers/Reports
Applbaum, Arthur Isak. "Legitimacy in a Bastard Kingdom." John F.
Kennedy School of Government Center for Public Leadership Working
Papers, Spring 2004.