Dennis F. Thompson is the Alfred North Whitehead Professor of Political Philosophy Emeritus at Harvard University, and the founding director of the university-wide Center for Ethics and the Professions (now the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics). He has also been a professor of public policy in the Kennedy School of Government. Thompson’s books include: Restoring Responsibility: Ethics in Government, Business, and Healthcare; and most recently The Spirit of Compromise: Why Governing Demands It and Campaigning Undermines It (co-authored with Amy Gutmann). His work on conflict of interest in medicine provided the framework for the report of the Institute of Medicine’s report on Conflict of Interest in Medical Research, Education, and Practice. Thompson has served as a consultant to the American Medical Association, the Food and Drug Administration, the U.S. Senate Ethics Committee, and the South African Parliament, among other bodies. At Harvard, he twice served as Acting Provost, and later as Senior Adviser to the President. He received a first-class honors degree in philosophy, politics and economics from Oxford, and a doctorate in political science from Harvard.
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