Piers Norris Turner

Piers Turner

Piers Norris Turner

CEHV Director; Associate Professor of Philosophy and (by courtesy) Political Science


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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 (Philosophy)
  • M.A. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (Philosophy)
  • M.Sc. London School of Economics and Political Science (History and Philosophy of Science)
  • B.A. Yale University (Philosophy)

Piers Norris Turner, CEHV Director, is an Associate Professor of Philosophy and (by courtesy) Political Science. He is also a faculty coordinator for the new interdisciplinary major in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (ppe.osu.edu).

Piers serves on the faculty advisory boards of the Sustainability Institute and the Program on Data and Governance (in the Moritz College of Law), and is an active participant in the OSU Political Theory Workshop. See his interview about the ethics of sustainability here.

His research focuses on utilitarianism and liberal political thought, especially as it relates to 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Reason in Political Philosophy: Classic Sources and Contemporary Commentaries (Routledge, 2017) and a collection of unpublished social and political writings by Karl Popper, called After The Open Society (Routledge, 2008).

Personal homepage here.


Selected articles include:

• "The Arguments of On Liberty: Mill's Institutional Designs," Nineteenth-Century Prose (Special Issue on J.S. Mill, ed. Sven Ove Hansson) 47:1  (Spring 2020), 121-156

• "Mill's Evolutionary Theory of Justice: Reflections on Persky," Utilitas (2019), online.

• “The Rise of Liberal Utilitarianism: Bentham, Mill,” A Companion to Nineteenth Century Philosophy, ed. J.A. Shand (Wiley-Blackwell, 2019)

• “Luck and Distributive Justice in Mill,” The Routledge Handbook of Theories of Luck, eds. Ian M. Church and Robert J. Hartman (Routledge, 2018)

• “Social Morality in Mill,” in Public Reason in Political Philosophy: Classical Sources and Contemporary Commentaries, eds. Piers Norris Turner and Gerald Gaus (Routledge, 2017)

• “Mill and Modern Liberalism,” in The Blackwell Companion to John Stuart Mill, eds. Christopher Macleod and Dale Miller (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016)

• “Rules and Right in Mill,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 53:4 (October 2015), 723-745

• “Mill and the Liberal Rejection of Legal Moralism,” History of Philosophy Quarterly 31:1 (January, 2015), 79-99

• “On Felix Adler’s ‘The Freedom of Ethical Fellowship,’” Ethics 125:1 (October 2014), 208-210

• “‘Harm’ and Mill’s Harm Principle,” Ethics 124:2 (January 2014), 299-326

• “The Absolutism Problem in On Liberty,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 43:3 (December 2013), 322-340

• “Authority, Progress, and the ‘Assumption of Infallibility’ in On Liberty,” Journal of the History of Philosophy 51:1 (January 2013), 93-117