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Thomas Pogge, PhD

Leitner Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Political Science

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Thomas Pogge, PhD


Having received his PhD in philosophy from Harvard, Thomas Pogge is Leitner Professor of Philosophy and International Affairs and founding Director of the Global Justice Program at Yale. He is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science as well as co-founder of Academics Stand Against Poverty (ASAP), an international network aiming to enhance the impact of scholars, teachers and students on global poverty, and of Incentives for Global Health, a team effort toward developing a complement to the pharmaceutical patent regime that would improve access to advanced medicines for the poor worldwide ( His recent publications include Designing in Ethics, co-edited, Cambridge 2017; Global Tax Fairness, co-edited, Oxford 2016; Politics as Usual, Polity 2010; World Poverty and Human Rights, 2nd edition, Polity 2008; Global Justice and Global Ethics, co-edited, Paragon House 2008; John Rawls: His Life and Theory of Justice, Oxford 2007; and Freedom from Poverty as a Human Right, edited, Oxford & UNESCO 2007. More information at

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  • PhD
    Harvard University, Philosophy (1983)
  • BA
    Hamburg University, Soziologie (1977)


  • Philosophy Summer School
    China 2008
    The Philosophy Summer School in China brings many distinguished professors of philosophy to teach the methods and contents of Western Philosophy to Chinese students. Since its first session in 1988, the Summer School has effectively raised the standards for philosophical education in China. Alumni of the Summer Session now serve as the major force behind Chinese research and teaching on Western Philosophy. In 2008, Yale became the American Sponsoring Body of the Summer School, and Professor Pogg

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