A. John Simmons

John Allen Hollingsworth Professor of Philosophy

Ethics, Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Law
434-924-6924
  • Office Address: 102 Cocke Hall, 163 Withers Brown
  • Office Hours: Tuesday 3:40-4:30, Wednesday 2:30-3:25, & Thursday 10:30-11:30
  • Class Schedule:

    PHIL 2770 Political Philosophy

    TR 9:30-10:20

    PHIL 7770 Political Philosophy

    T 1:00-3:30pm

A. JOHN SIMMONS is the John Allen Hollingsworth Professor of Philosophy at the University of Virginia, where he has taught since 1976.  He received his A.B. from Princeton University in 1972 and his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Cornell University in 1977.  He has been an editor of the journal Philosophy & Public Affairs since 1982.  He is the author of Moral Principles and Political Obligations (Princeton, 1979), The Lockean Theory of Rights (Princeton, 1992), On the Edge of Anarchy: Locke, Consent, and the Limits of Society (Princeton, 1993),  Justification and Legitimacy: Essays on Rights and Obligations (Cambridge, 2000), Is There a Duty to Obey the Law? For and Against (with C.H. Wellman)(Cambridge, 2005), Political Philosophy (Oxford, 2008), Boundaries of Authority (Oxford, 2016), and many other publications on topics in moral, political, and legal philosophy.  Two of his articles have been selected for inclusion in The Philosopher’s Annual.  He has edited the books International Ethics (Princeton, 1985) and Punishment (Princeton, 1995).  Professor Simmons has chaired the University of Virginia’s Philosophy Department and its Program on Political and Social Thought, and he received Virginia’s All-University Teaching Award in 1992-93 (in the inaugural year of that award).  He taught Ethics as a special consultant for six years at the F.B.I. National Academy and has given the Becker Distinguished Alumnus Lecture at Cornell University, the Safra Lecture at Harvard, and the 2013 Auguste Comte Lectures at the London School of Economics.

Selected Publications

Boundaries of Authority (Oxford University Press, 2016; vii + 263 pp.)

“Human Rights, Natural Rights, and Human Dignity”, in R. Cruft, M. Liao, and M. Renzo (eds.), Philosophical Foundations of Human Rights (Oxford University Press, 2015), 138-52.

“Rights-Based Justifications for the State”, in A. Byrne, J. Cohen, G. Rosen, and S. Shiffrin (eds.), The Norton Introduction to Philosophy (W.W. Norton & Co., 2015), 955-62.

“Territorial Rights: Justificatory Strategies”, in Oxford Studies in Political Philosophy, Vol. I (Oxford University Press, 2015), 145-72.

“Locke on the Social Contract”, Ch. 21 of M. Stuart (ed.), A Companion to Locke (Wiley Blackwell, 2016), 413-32.

“Self-Determination and Territorial Rights”, Philosophy and Public Issues (New Series), Vol. 6, No. 2 (2016), 51-65.

Full-time Faculty

Sahar Akhtar

Assistant Professor

Elizabeth Barnes

Professor

Talbot Brewer

Professor

Ross P. Cameron

Professor & Director of Undergraduate Program

James Cargile

Professor

Brie Gertler

Commonwealth Professor & Department Chair

Paul Humphreys

Commonwealth Professor

Harold Langsam

Professor

Antonia LoLordo

Professor & Director of Graduate Studies

Loren Lomasky

Cory Professor of Political Philosophy, Policy, and Law

Ian McCready-Flora

Assistant Professor

Trenton Merricks

Commonwealth Professor

Walter Ott

Professor & Director of Graduate Admissions

Jorge Secada

Professor

A. John Simmons

John Allen Hollingsworth Professor of Philosophy

Rebecca Stangl

Associate Professor

Affiliated Faculty

Colin Bird

Associate Professor (Politics) & Director of Political Philosophy, Policy and Law

Erin Eaker

A&S Assistant Dean & Assistant Professor

M. Jamie Ferreira

Professor Emerita (Religious Studies)

Kim Ferzan

Caddell & Chapman Professor of Law

George Klosko

Henry L. and Grace Doherty Professor (Politics)

Visiting Faculty

Kendall Cox

Lecturer

Andrew Morgan

Assistant Professor

Joshua Schwartz

Assistant Professor, General Faculty

Emeritus Faculty

Daniel Devereux

Professor Emeritus

Cora Diamond

Kenan Professor of Philosophy Emerita

John Marshall

Professor Emeritus

George Thomas

Professor Emeritus