Christian List’s work falls into the overlap between philosophy, political science, and economics. He has made contributions to subjects such as judgment aggregation, rational choice theory, group agency, deliberative and epistemic democracy, models of group decisions in biology, methodological individualism and holism in social science, and free will.
A graduate of the University of Oxford, he held research or visiting positions at Oxford, the Australian National University, Harvard, MIT, Princeton, the University of Konstanz, the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, and the University of Uppsala. He has received several awards, including a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Philosophy, the 5th Social Choice and Welfare Prize (with F. Dietrich), a Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellowship at the Princeton Center for Human Values, and a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship.
He served as Editor of Economics and Philosophy, where he is currently on the Advisory Board, and is serving as Associate Editor of Episteme and Corner Editor of the Journal of Logic and Computation. In autumn 2015, he will join the editorial board of Mind. He is a Fellow of the British Academy.
Social choice theory
Philosophy of the social sciences
Selected current research projects:
GV4A3: Social Choice Theory and Democracy
GV4H4: Foundations of Political Theory
PH221: Problems of Analytic Philosophy
PH456: Rationality and Choice
PH501: Philosophical Problems
Group Agency: the possibility, design, and status of corporate agents
Christian List and Philip Pettit
Oxford University Press (7 April 2011)
Are companies, churches, and states genuine agents? Or are they just collections of individual agents that give a misleading impression of unity? This question is important, since the answer dictates how we should explain the behaviour of these entities and whether we should treat them as responsible and accountable on the model of individual agents.
Group Agency offers a new approach to that question and is relevant, therefore, to a range of fields from philosophy to law, politics, and the social sciences. Christian List and Philip Pettit argue that there really are group or corporate agents, over and above the individual agents who compose them, and that a proper approach to the social sciences, law, morality, and politics must take account of this fact. Unlike some earlier defences of group agency, their account is entirely unmysterious in character and, despite not being technically difficult, is grounded in cutting-edge work in social choice theory, economics, and philosophy.
Christian List is professor of political science and philosophy at LSE.
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