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David Braybrooke

Professor Emeritus Ph.D., Cornell University


  • Phone: 512-232-7281
  • Office: MEZ 3.206
  • Office Hours: By Appointment Only
  • Campus Mail Code: A1800


Before joining The University of Texas at Austin in 1990, David Braybrooke was McCulloch Professor of Philosophy and Politics at Dalhousie University, where he had held from 1963 a joint appointment in political science as well as in philosophy. He has taught at Hobart, Michigan, Bowdoin, and Yale as well as at Dalhousie; and he has served as a visiting professor at a number of universities, most significantly two years running as visiting research professor of philosophy at Pittsburgh. He has served as president of the Canadian Philosophical Association and vice president of the American Political Science Association; and he is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada.

He is the author of over 80 articles and a number of books, including A Strategy of Decision (with C. E. Lindblom) (1963), Three Tests for Democracy (1967), Philosophy of Social Science (1987), Meeting Needs (1987), and Logic on the Track of Social Change (with Bryson Brown and Peter K. Schotch) (1995). Another book in which he had a large part, Social Rules, came out in 1996. The University of Toronto Press published a collection of his essays, Moral Objectives, Rules, and the Forms of Social Change, in 1998. In 2001, another book, Natural Law Modernized, came out at the same press, which brought out his Utilitarianism: Restorations; Repairs; Renovations in 2004. University of Toronto Press will publish a fourth book in this series in 2006, Analytical Political Philosophy: From Discourse, Edification, which rounds out the summation of his work in the four books taken together and offers a general program for public policy in which needs, rights, and rules prominently figure along with a step by step approach to dealing with consequences.

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