Contractarianism has been at the center of recent debates in moral and political philosophy. In these essays Jean Hampton brought her distinctive approach, animated by concern for the worth of persons, to bear on topics such as guilt, punishment, self-respect, family relations, and the maintenance and justification of the state.
About the Author
Jean Hampton completed her PhD under the direction of John Rawls at Harvard University. She was a Harvard Knox Fellow at Cambridge University, Pew Evangelical Scholar, and a distinguished visiting lecturer at Dalhousie University, University of Notre Dame, Pomona College, and Bristol University. She taught at several American institutions, most recently the University of Arizona, where she was a professor of philosophy at the time of her death in 1996. Her last book, The Authority of Reason, was published posthumously in 1998.