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Lawrence C. Becker (1939-) is an American philosopher working mainly in the areas of ethics and social, political, and legal philosophy. He is the author of books and journal articles on stoicism, reciprocity, property rights, justice, and metaethics. He is the editor, with the librarian Charlotte B. Becker, of the Encyclopedia of Ethics.

Becker is a Fellow of Hollins University, where he taught philosophy from 1965-1989, and is Professor of Philosophy Emeritus from the College of William & Mary, where he was the William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor in the Humanities and Philosophy from 1989-2001. He is on the volunteer Board of Directors of Post-Polio Health International, and served as its President and Chair from 2006-2009.



Becker, Lawrence C. A New Stoicism. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1998. Paperback and e-text issued by Princeton University Press, 1999.

--Reciprocity. London and New York: Routledge, 1986. Paperback issued by the University of Chicago Press, 1990.

--Property Rights: Philosophic Foundations. London and New York, Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1979. Paperback issued by Routledge, 1980.

--On Justifying Moral Judgments. London: Routledge & Kegan Paul, 1973. A volume in the International Library of Philosophy and Scientific Method.

Books edited with Charlotte B. Becker

Encyclopedia of Ethics. Second edition in three volumes. New York: Routledge, 2001. (First Edition in 2 volumes: New York: Garland Publishing, 1992.)

A History of Western Ethics. Second Edition, revised with expanded index and glossary. New York: Routledge, 2003. (First Edition, New York: Garland Publishing, 1993)

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External links

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