W. L. Sumner

W. L. Sumner books and biography


L. W. Sumner

Leonard Wayne Sumner (born 1941) is a Canadian philosopher notable for his work on normative and applied ethics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of law.

Sumner is currently Professor of Law and Philosophy at the University of Toronto, and, since 2002, University Professor, the highest academic honour that the university accords its faculty.[1] Sumner received his doctoral degree from Princeton University in 1965, with a thesis supervised by Stuart Hampshire and Joel Feinberg.[2] In 1990 he was elected a fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.[3]

Sumner is the author of four books, including Welfare, Happiness and Ethics,[4] the most sophisticated philosophical discussion of the nature and normative importance of welfare since James Griffin's Well-Being,[5] and, to this date, the best book-length publication on the topic.



  1. ^ Complete index of University Professors, University of Toronto's website. See also ^ 'Normative Ethics and Metaethics', Princeton University, 1965, 269 pages; available from ProQuest.
  2. ^ List of Fellows, Royal Society of Canada's website.
  3. ^ New York: Oxford University Press, 1996, ISBN 0-19-824440-1.
  4. ^ New York: Oxford University Press, 1986, ISBN 0-19-824903-9.

Selected Bibliography

By Sumner

  • "A Matter of Life and Death", Noûs 10 (May, 1976), pp. 145-171
  • "Classical Utilitarianism and the Population Optimum", in R.I. Sikora and B. Barry (eds.), Obligations to Future Generations, Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1978, ISBN 0-87722-132-4, pp. 91–111.
  • Abortion and Moral Theory, Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press, 1981, ISBN 0-691-07262-0.
  • The Moral Foundations of Rights, New York: Oxford University Press, 1987, ISBN 0-19-824751-6.
  • Welfare, Happiness and Ethics, New York: Oxford University Press, 1996, ISBN 0-19-824440-1.
  • "Something in between", in Roger Crisp and Brad Hooker (eds.), Well-being and Morality: Essays in Honour of James Griffin, Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2000, ISBN 0-19-823584-4, pp. 1-19.
  • The Hateful and the Obscene: Studies in the Limits of Free Expression, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2004, ISBN 0-8020-4239-2.

On Sumner

  • William R. Carter. "Is There Life after Sumner-Death?" The Southern Journal of Philosophy 21 (1983), pp. 159-176.
  • James Woods. "Utilitarian Abortion: Sumner on Abortion", Dialogue 24 (Fall 1985), pp. 671-682.
  • David Sobel. "Sumner on Welfare", Dialogue 37 (Summer 1998), pp. 571-577.
  • Toni Rønnow-Rasmussen. "L.W. Sumner’s Account of Welfare” in (Eds.) Juan José Acero, Francesc Camós Abril, Neftalí Villanueva Fernández Actas del III Congreso de la Sociedad Española de Filosofía Analítica, Granada (2001), 281-285.
  • Krister Bykvist. "Sumner on Desires and Well-being", Canadian Journal of Philosophy 32 (2002), pp. 475-490.
  • John G. Slater. Minerva's Aviary: Philosophy at Toronto, 1843-2003, Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2005, ISBN 0-8020-3870-0, pp. 458-466.
  • Christopher Hugh Toner. "Aristotelian Well-Being: A Response to L. W. Sumner's Critique", Utilitas 18 (September 2006), pp. 218-231.

External link

  • Academic home page

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