Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Henry Richardson succeeds John Deigh as Editor of Ethics

From the press release:

Henry S. Richardson named new Editor of
Ethics: An International Journal of Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy
Press salutes accomplishments of departing editor John Deigh

The University of Chicago Press salutes the service of John Deigh, Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Texas-Austin for his eleven year term of service as the editor of Ethics: An International Journal of Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy. He previously served as Associate editor from 1985-1997, and served as the book review editor from 1990-1996. Under his leadership, the journal strengthened its position as the premier journal in its field.

The Press is pleased to announce the appointment to a five year term of Henry S. Richardson as the new Editor of Ethics, where he is currently an Associate Editor, effective July 1, 2008.“I am excited to be taking over the helm at Ethics at this time,” Richardson comments, “for now it is more possible than ever before for this venerable and vibrant journal, so well nurtured under John Deigh’s leadership, to live up to its full title, Ethics: An International Journal of Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy. While moral philosophy will always lie at the journal’s core, I look forward to reaching out both to scholars abroad and to those in allied fields who write on normative issues.”

About Henry S. Richardson
Henry S. Richardson is Professor of Philosophy and Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University. Currently an Associate Editor of Ethics and Editor-at-Large of the Human Development and Capability Association, Richardson has taught at Georgetown since 1986. He has also served as visiting scholar at the Department of Clinical Bioethics, Clinical Center, National Institutes of Health. After earning his undergraduate degree at Harvard College, he went on to earn graduate degrees in law and in public policy at Harvard University before earning his Ph.D. there under John Rawls. He would later edit, with Paul Weithman, The Philosophy of Rawls. Dr. Richardson’s work centers on practical reasoning in all of its many guises: in the reasoning of individuals about their aims, in the democratic reasoning of citizens about public policy, and in our moral reasoning. Dr. Richardson’s initial work concerned the nature of individual reasoning. His more recent book, Democratic Autonomy: Public Reasoning about the Ends of Policy, won the Herbert A. Simon Award in Public Administration and the David Easton Award in the Foundations of Political Theory. He is the current recipient of an NEH Fellowship for University Teachers to begin a book project in moral theory entitled Articulating the Moral Community.

That aspiration to live up to the full title is a good one. It seems to me that Richardson is right-- while the journal is in great shape and is incomparable in moral philosophy, the articles section has seen social, political, and legal philosophy, to varying degrees, slip away over the past decade or so. (The same is not true of the book reviews.) Best of luck to him.