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Piers Turner

Piers Turner

Piers Turner

Associate Professor & PPE Coordinator; Director, Center for Ethics and Human Values



368 University Hall
230 N Oval Mall
Columbus, OH

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Areas of Expertise

  • Political Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • John Stuart Mill


  • Ph.D. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2009
  • M.A. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 2004
  • M.Sc. London School of Economics and Political Science, 1998
  • B.A. Yale University, 1997

Professor Piers Norris Turner is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and (by courtesy) Political Science, and Director of the Center for Ethics and Human Values (CEHV). He is also a faculty coordinator for the new interdisciplinary major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics, serves on the faculty advisory board of the Sustainability Institute, and is an active participant in the OSU Political Theory Workshop.

His research focuses on liberal political thought, open societies, and utilitarianism -- especially in the moral and political philosophy of John Stuart Mill. He has published articles in a number of leading journals and is working on a manuscript entitled Mill’s Ethics for the Cambridge Elements of Ethics series. He has co-edited Public Reason in Political Philosophy: Classic Sources and Contemporary Commentaries (Routledge, 2018, with Jerry Gaus) and a collection of unpublished social and political writings by Karl Popper, called After The Open Society (Routledge, 2008, with Jeremy Shearmur).