Professor Thomas Pink read history and philosophy at Cambridge, where he also received his PhD. After working for four years in London and New York for a City merchant bank, he returned to philosophy in 1990 as a Research Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge. He then lectured at Sheffield University prior to moving to King's in 1996.
Research interests and PhD supervision
- Philosophy of mind
- Political philosophy
- Rational choice theory
- Medieval and early modern philosophy
Professor Pink’s main interests are in ethics, philosophy of mind and action, philosophy of law and in medieval and early modern philosophy.
He is currently writing on the free will problem - his Free Will: A Very Short Introduction is published by Oxford University Press in June 2004.
He is also working on the nature of moral normativity. Forthcoming on this topic, also from Oxford University Press, is his two volume The Ethics of Action. The first volume, Action and Self-Determination, deals with the nature of action and its possible ethical significance. This volume contains a new theory of freedom of action. The second volume, Action and Normativity, deals with various possible kinds of moral normativity, and examines whether moral normativity has anything to do with reason. At the heart of this second volume is a new theory of moral obligation and, based on that, a new theory of the rationality of moral motivation and action.
A general overview of the theory of obligation is to be found in Pink’s Royal Institute lecture of December 2002, ‘Moral obligation’ which is published in Modern Moral Philosophy ed. Anthony O’Hear (Cambridge University Press 2004). He is an editor of London Studies in the History of Philosophy, and is also editing The Questions Concerning Liberty, Necessity and Chance, containing the Hobbes-Bramhall controversy on free will, for the Clarendon Edition of the works of Hobbes.
Professor Pink welcomes enquires from prospective students seeking to work with him on topics connected to his research interests.
For more details, please see his full research profile.
Professor Pink has previously taught on the following modules
- 5AANA005 Ethics II: History of Ethical Philosophy
Pink, T., 6 Jan 2021, In: Philosophical Explorations. 24, 1, p. 5-20 16 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/13869795.2020.1868111
Pink, T. L., 2018, (E-pub ahead of print) In: Organon F. 26, 1, p. 1-28 28 p. Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review
Pink, T., 2018, In: Quaestio. 18, p. 451-486 Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1484/J.QUAESTIO.5.118130
Pink, T. L. M., 2017, Dignitatis Humanae Colloquium. Dialogos Institute, p. 105-46 31 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter
Pink, T., 2017, In: King's Law Journal. 28, 1, p. 6-11 Research output: Contribution to journal › Article › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/09615768.2017.1299354
Pink, T. L., 30 Aug 2016, Legge e Natura: I dibattiti teologici e giuridici fra XV e XVII secolo. Saccenti, R. & Sulas, C. (eds.). Ariccia: Aracne Editrice, p. 287 332 p. Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review
Pink, T., 4 Mar 2020, Philosophy of Action from Suarez to Anscombe. Sandis, C. (ed.). 1 ed. London: Routledge, Vol. 21. p. 3-24 22 p. (Philosophical Explorations). Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1080/13869795.2017.1421688
Pink, T., 2017, The Cambridge Companion to Natural Law Jurisprudence. Duke, G. & George, R. P. (eds.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, p. 187-215 Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review. DOIs: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781316341544.008
Pink, T. L., 15 Mar 2016, The Moral Philosophy of Elizabeth Anscombe. Gormally, L., Jones, D. A. & Teichmann, R. (eds.). Imprint Academic, p. 98-119 Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceeding › Chapter › peer-review
Pink, T. L., 2015, Indianapolis: Liberty Fund. 1054 p. (Natural Law and Enlightenment Classics) Research output: Book/Report › Scholarly edition › peer-review