Christian List was appointed at the LSE in 2002 and is now a joint member of the Government and Philosophy Departments. His works in social choice theory, political philosophy, formal epistemology, the philosophy of social science, and more recently the philosophy of mind.
He has made contributions to areas such as judgment aggregation, deliberative democracy, group agency, and individual decision theory. Some of his current research focuses on theories of individual agency and free will. His work is often interdisciplinary, and he collaborates frequently with colleagues from other fields.
A graduate of the University of Oxford, he held research or visiting positions at Oxford, the Australian National University, MIT, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Konstanz, and the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study, Uppsala.
He was awarded a Nuffield Foundation New Career Development Fellowship (with Franz Dietrich, in 2005), a Philip Leverhulme Prize in Philosophy (in 2007), the 2010 Social Choice and Welfare Prize (also with Franz Dietrich), an L.S. Rockefeller Visiting Fellowship at Princeton University (2009-10), a Leverhulme Major Research Fellowship (from October 2013), and a Harsanyi Fellowship at the Australian National University (to be held in the summer 2014).
Jointly with a group of colleagues, he initiated the LSE's Choice Group, an interdisciplinary research group focusing on philosophical, mathematical, and empirical aspects of individual and collective decision-making.
From 2007 to 2012, he was an Editor of Economics and Philosophy, on the board of which he continues to serve. He also serves as an associate editor of Episteme, and has served as an elected member of the Council of the Society for Social Choice and Welfare.
He is currently devoted to a Leverhulme-Trust-funded interdisciplinary research project titled "Reasons, Decisions, and Intentional Agency".
Social choice theory
Political philosophy (analytic approaches)
Theories of democracy and deliberation
Philosophy of social science
Philosophy of mind (especially free will and mental causation)
Selected current research projects:
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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