Arthur Applbaum

Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values
Professor of Ethics and Public Policy
Carr Center for Human Rights Policy
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Arthur Applbaum


Arthur Isak Applbaum is Adams Professor of Political Leadership and Democratic Values. Applbaums work on legitimate political authority, 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. He has been a member of Harvards Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility and chairs the ethics advisory board of a stem cell research foundation. From 2007 to 2009, he was Acting Director of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation Center for Ethics at Harvard. Applbaum holds degrees from Princeton and Harvard. He was a Fulbright Scholar in Jerusalem, a Fellow in Ethics at Harvard, and a Rockefeller Fellow at Princeton Universitys Center for Human Values.



  • DPI-230 Legitimacy and Resistance

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  • DPI-220 Political Philosophy for Public Policy


  • DPI-201-B The Responsibilities of Public Action

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