Curriculum Vitae – Janna Lea Thompson

Academic Qualifications

B.A. University of Minnesota, 1964

B.Phil. Oxford, 1966

Dip.Ed. (Tert.) Monash, 1974

Positions Held

1966-1970 Assistant Lecturer and Lecturer in philosophy, Manchester University.

1970-1974 Lecturer in philosophy, Monash University.

1975-1981 Lecturer in philosophy, La Trobe University.

1981- 2000 Senior Lecturer in philosophy, La Trobe University

2000 – Reader/Associate Professor, La Trobe University

2003-2005 – Deputy Director of the ARC Research Centre for Applied Philosophy
and Public Ethics and Head of the Melbourne University Division; Co-Manager of
CAPPE’s Biotechnology Program up to November 2005.

2007- 2012 Professor, La Trobe University

2013 – Honorary Fellow, La Trobe University


2006 – Australian Catholic University Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics

2002 – Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities

2011 – Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia

2002 Centenary Medal


Intergenerational Justice: Rights and Responsibilities in an Intergenerational Polity (New York: Routledge, 2009)

Taking Responsibility for the Past: Reparation and Historical Injustice (Polity, 2002).

Discourse and Knowledge: Defence of a Collectivist Ethics (Routledge,1998).

Justice and World Order: A Philosophical Inquiry (Routledge 1992).

Edited Monographs

With Loane Skene, The Sorting Society: the Ethics of Genetic Screening and Therapy (Cambridge, New York: Cambridge University Press, 2008).

With Klaus Neumann, Historical Justice and Memory (Wisconsin University Press, 2015).

Articles in Refereed Journals (from 2000)

‘Inherited Obligations and Generational Continuity’, Canadian Journal of Philosophy, published online 19 Jan 2017

‘Obligations of Justice and the Interests of the Dead’ in International Journal of Applied Philosophy 30/2 (2016).

Genocide as an Intergenerational Wrong’ in Public Affairs Quarterly 30/4 (2016).

‘Can Groups Have Human Rights’ in Ethical Perspectives 22/2. June 2015

‘Is Political Apology a Sorry Affair’, Social and Legal Studies 21/2 (2012).

‘Is Apology a Sorry Affair: Derrida and the Moral Force of the Impossible’ in The Philosophical Forum 41/3 (2010).

‘Historical Responsibility and Liberal Societies’, Intergenerational Justice Review 9/1 (2009); 13-18

‘Apology, Historical Obligations and the Ethics of Memory’, Memory Studies, 2/2 (2009): 195-210.

‘Transitional Justice in Historical Perspective, Social Justice Research, 20 (2007), 511-522

‘Relatives of the Living Dead’, Journal of Medical Ethics, 32 (2006), 607-608.

‘Collective Responsibility for Historic Injustices’, Midwest Studies in Philosophy, XXX (2006), 154-167.

‘Art, property rights and the interests of humanity, Journal of Value Inquiry 38/4 (2005), 545-60.

‘Intergenerational equity in an ageing society’, Agenda: A Journal of Policy Analysis and Reform 12/1 (2005),83-96.

‘Human rights and the protection of borders’, Australian Journal of Human Rights, 10/1 (2004), 1-14.

‘Cultural property, restitution and universal values’, Journal of Applied Philosophy 20 (2003), 251-262.

‘Reasoning about justice in global society’, Global Change, Peace and Security’15/3, (2003), 231-244.

‘Intergenerational equity: issues of principle in the allocation of social resources between this generation the next’, Research Paper 2002-03, Information and Research Services, Federal Parliamentary Library, 2003.

‘Historical injustice and reparation: justifying claims of descendants’, Ethics 112 (2001), 114-135.

‘Injustice and the removal of aboriginal children’, Australian Journal of Professional and Applied Ethics 2 (2000), 2-13.

‘Historical obligations’, Australasian Journal of Philosophy 78 (2000), 334-45.

‘The apology paradox’, The Philosophical Quarterly 50 (2000), 470-75.

‘Environment as cultural heritage, Environmental Ethics 22 (2000), 241-258.

Chapters in Refereed Anthologies

‘Historical Responsibility and Climate Change’ in L.H. Meyer and P. Sanklecha (eds), Climate Justice and Historical Emissions (Cambridge, NY: Cambridge University Press, 2017)

‘Reparative Claims and Theories of Justice’ in K. Neumann and J. Thompson (eds), Historical Justice and Memory. The University of Wisconsin Press, 2015.

‘Being in Time: Ethics and Temporal Vulnerability’ in C. McKenzie, W. Rogers and S. Dodds (eds), Vulnerability: New Essays in Ethics and Feminist Philosophy (Oxford, New York: Oxford University Press, 2013).

‘Ethics of Repatriation: Rights of Possession and Duties of Respect in G.F. Scarre and R. Coningham, eds., Appropriating the Past (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

‘Identity and Obligation in a Transgenerational Polity’, in Axel Gosseries and Lukas H. Meyer, eds., Intergenerational Justice (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009).

‘Genetic Technology and Intergenerational Justice’, in Loane Skene and Janna Thompson, eds., The Sorting Society (Cambridge, New York, Cambridge University Press, 2008).

‘Liberal and Communitarian Approaches to Citizenship’, in Azyumardi Azra and Wayne Hudson, eds., Islam Beyond Conflict: Indonesian Islam and Western Political Theory (Aldershot: Asgate, 2008).

‘War and the Protection of Property’, Civilian Immunity in War, ed., Igor Primoratz (Oxford University Press, 2007).

‘Coming to Terms with the Past in Australia’ in Jon Miller and Rahul Kumar, eds., Reparations: Interdisciplinary Inquiries, Oxford University Press (2007), 69-84. Reprinted in Anthony Connolly, ed., Indigenous Rights (Ashgate, 2009).

‘Political Complicity: Democracy and Shared Responsibility’ in Igor Primoratz, ed., Politics and Morality, Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave (2007), 153-169.

‘Memory, identity and obligation’, in Igor Primoratz and Aleksandar Pavkovic (eds.), Identity, Self-determination and Secession, Aldershot: Ashgate Publishing: 2006, pp. 107-119

‘The Purposes of Politics: A Feminist Inquiry’, in L. Burns, Feminist Alliances (Amsterdam, New York: Rodopi, 2006): 61-76.

‘Restorative Justice’ in Routledge Encyclopedia of International Relations and Global Politics, ed. Martin Griffiths, 2005.

‘Terrorism, Morality and Right Authority’, in G. Meggle, ed., Ethics of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism (Frankfurt, Paris: Ontos, 2005): 151-160.

‘Collective responsibility for historical injustice’ in Justice in Time: Responding to Historical Injustice, ed. Lukas H. Meyer (Baden-Baden: Nomos Verlagsgesellschaft, 2004)

‘Intergenerational responsibilities and the interests of the dead’ in Ethics and Time, ed. H. Dyke (Kluwer, 2003), 71-83.

‘Terrorism and the right to war’, C.A.J. Coady and M. O’Keefe, eds., Terrorism and Justice (Melbourne University Press 2002).

‘Environmentalism’ International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioural Sciences (Pergamon Press, 2001)

‘History and responsibility’, C. Alsop, ed., Grenzgangerin (Asanger 2001), 138-153.

‘Planetary Citizenship: the definition and defence of an ideal’, Government for the Environment: Global Problems, Ethics and Democracy’, ed. Nicholas Low and Brendan Gleeson (London: Macmillan, 2001).

‘Community Identity and World Citizenship’ in D.Held, D. Archibugi, (eds.), Trans-national Democracy (Polity, Cambridge, 1998), 179-197. Translated and published in Idees: Revista de temes contemporanis (2001).

Articles in Non-refereed Journals and Proceedings

‘Moral significance of history’, American Philosophical Association Newsletter in Philosophy and Law, Fall 2009.

‘What is Intergenerational Justice’, Helen Sykes, ed., Future Justice (Future Leaders, Sydney, 2010)

I write for The Conversation, Inside Story and Australian Book Review.


2007-2011 – ARC Discovery Grant for a project on ethics of historical relationships

2003-2005: ARC Discovery Grant for a project on Intergenerational Justice.

1999-2002: ARC Discovery Grant for a project on Historical Obligations.

2000-2009: ARC Special Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics

Visiting Professorship

Humphrey Professorship in Modern Feminism, Waterloo University, Ontario, Canada, Winter Semester 2007.

Editorial Committees

I am on the editorial committees of Environmental Ethics, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Intergenerational Justice Review and Monash University Journal of Bioethics.

Book Reviews and Refereeing

In recent years I have been asked to write book reviews for, Ageing and Society, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Global Change, Peace and Security, Environmental Ethics, Melbourne Journal of Politics, Imprints, Australian Book Review, Social Justice Review, Overland, Political Studies Review, Mind, Philosophy in Review, Etica and Politica.

I referee papers for Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Journal of Applied Philosophy, Ratio, Australian Indigenous Law Review, American Political Science Review, American Philosophical Quarterly, Ethics, Journal of Social Philosophy, Journal of Political Philosophy, Ethics and International Affairs, Ethics and Global Politics, Intergenerational Justice Review, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Global Change Peace and Security, Environmental Ethics, Journal of Ethics, Philosophical Theory and Practice, Political Studies, Journal of Intercultural Studies, Philosophical Quarterly, International Journal of Transitional Justice, Ecological Humanities, Review of International Studies.

Presentations at International Conferences and Workshops

Invited Speaker at Armenian Genocide Centennial Conference: ‘Responsibility 2015’, Times Square, New York City, 13-15 March

‘Historical Responsibility for Climate Change’. Society for Applied Philosophy Conference, University of Zurich, June 2013.

‘Unjust Gains and Climate Change’. Workshop on Intergenerational Justice and Natural Resources’, University of Graz, June 2013.

‘Obligations between generations’. Canadian Philosophical Association Conference, University of Victoria, June 2013.

‘Moral Motivations and Intergenerational Relationships’. Workshop on Nature,Time, Responsibility, Macaus University, April 2013.

‘Climate Change and Historical Injustice’, Historical Justice Conference, Swinburne University, February 2012.

‘Is political apology a sorry affair?’ Conference on Repairing Historical Wrongs, Wilberforce House, Hull, September 2010.

‘Justice after harm’, keynote presentation at New Zealand Bioethics Conference, Dunedin, 29-31 January, 2010

‘Justice and the environment: global and intergenerational issues’, International Conference on Environmental Treaties: Their Role, Possibilities, Risks and Limitations, Nanzan University Institute for Social Ethics, September 15-18, 2009.

‘Human remains and Aboriginal claims’, Conference of the Durham University Centre for Ethics in Archaeology and Cultural Heritage, Durham University, 7 July, 2009.

‘Is apology a sorry affair?’ Society of Applied Philosophy Conference, Leeds University, 26-28 June, 2009.

‘Moral significance of history’, Symposium on Racism and the Burdens of History at American Philosophical Association Conference (Pacific Division), Vancouver, 8-11 April, 2009. The paper was published in the Fall 2009 APA Newsletter.

‘Memory and the ethics of reparation’, Conference on Repairing the Past: Confronting the Legacies of Slavery, Genocide and Caste, Gilder Lehrmann Centre, Yale University, 27-30 October, 2005.

‘Apology, justice and respect’, Workshop on ‘Age of Apology’, University of North

Carolina, Chapel Hill, 21-23 October, 2004

‘Memory, identity and obligation’, invited Symposium on Memory and Morality, American Philosophical Association, Pacific Division, Pasadena, 24-28 March, 2004.

‘Reasoning about justice in global society’, selected to be presented at the mini-conference on global justice at the American Philosophical Association Pacific Division Conference, 27-30 March, 2004.

‘Coming to terms with the past in Australia’, Workshop on Reparations, Queens University, Kingston, Ontario, 6-8 Feb, 2004.

‘Citizenship’, Dialogue between Western and Islamic Scholars on Citizenship and Nationalism, Buttanggi, Indonesia,  20 to 23 July, 2003.

‘Coming to terms with the past in Australia’, Conference on Political Forgiveness and Global Justice, sponsored by the Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften, Vienna, June, 2003.

‘Terrorism and the Right to War,’ Workshop on Ethics of Terrorism and Counter-Terrorism, sponsored by Zentrum für interdisziplinäre Forschung (ZIF), Bielefeld University, October, 2002.

‘Reasoning about justice in global society’, Workshop on Democracy, Globalization and Law, Hamline University, St. Paul, Minnesota, September 2002.

‘Collective responsibility for historical injustices’, Workshop on Historical Justice, sponsored by the Einstein Forum, Potsdam, July 2001.

Presentations at Australian Conferences and Workshops

‘Defence of political apology’, Keynote address at the Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics Conference, Adelaide, September 28-30, 2005.

I have also given a number of papers at Australasian Association of Philosophy conferences and Australian Association for Professional and Applied Ethics conferences.

I am frequently invited to give papers to staff seminars at La Trobe, Monash and Melbourne Universities.