Jimmy Altham

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Jimmy Altham
Born 1944
Residence Cambridge, United Kingdom
Alma mater University of Cambridge
Scientific career
Institutions Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge

James Edward John Altham (born 1944), known as Jimmy Altham and normally cited as J. E. J. Altham, is a British philosopher and a Fellow of Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge.[1]


He obtained his BA degree in Philosophy at Cambridge followed in 1969 by a Ph.D. also in Philosophy. His dissertation was entitled 'Assertion, Command and Obligation. Philosophical Foundations of the Logic of Imperatives and Deontic Logic'.[2]

Altham was then appointed a lecturer in the Faculty of Philosophy at Cambridge from 1972. He was a former Sidgwick lecturer in Philosophy and retired as professor in 1999. He is now an emeritus professor and Fellow at Gonville and Cauis. He has published on a wide range of philosophical areas including logic, ethics and political philosophy.[3]

Selected publications

  • The Logic of Plurality. London: Methuen, 1971.
  • 'Rawls's Difference Principle'. Philosophy 48 (1973):75 - 78.
  • 'Ethics of Risk'. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, 84 (1983), 15-29. Retrieved from https://www.jstor.org/stable/4545003
  • 'Wicked promises' in I. Hacking (ed.), Exercises in Analysis. Cambridge University Press, 1985, pp. 1–21.


  1. ^ "Jimmy Altham". Gonville and Cauis College. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  2. ^ Altham, J. E. J. "Assertion command and obligation. Philosophical foundations of the logic of imperatives and deontic logic". EthOS. Retrieved 22 June 2017.
  3. ^ "Works by J.E.J. Altham". Philpapers. Retrieved 22 June 2017.

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