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Sharon Lloyd

Professor of Philosophy

Contact Information
Phone: (213) 740-5175
Office: MHP 113



Ph.D. Philosophy, Harvard University, 1/1987
B.A. , University of California - Los Angeles

Description of Research

Summary Statement of Research Interests

Professor of Philosophy, Law, and Political Science Sharon Lloyd works in the history of political philosophy, with special attention to the moral and political theory of philosopher Thomas Hobbes. Trained and mentored by John Rawls, one of the most influential political philosophers of the 20th century, Lloyd's scholarly interests in political philosophy and its history, contemporary liberalism and liberal feminist philosophy reflect that tutelage. She has particular interest in the moral and political theories of Machiavelli, Mill, Hobbes, Marx, and Rawls. Lloyd's work in philosophy has attracted the interest of legal scholars and is often published in law reviews. Lloyd is regarded as an important voice in the current generation of liberal feminists. Lloyd enjoys teaching in USC's honors program and general education on such topics as self-identity and moral responsibility, political obligation, and social ethics for earthlings and others through science fiction.

Research Specialties

Political Philosophy, History of Political Philosophy, Ethics, Feminist Philosophy



Lloyd, S. A. (2009). Morality in the Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes: Cases in the Law of Nature. Cambridge University Press.
Lloyd, S. A. (1992). Ideals as Interests in Hobbes's Leviathan (Cambridge University Press, 1992)Cases in the Law of Nature: The Moral Philosophy of Thomas Hobbes (forthcoming).

Service to the University

Administrative Appointments

Co-founder and Co-director, U.S.C. Center for Law and Philosophy, 2004-2005  

Service to the Profession

Administrative Appointments

Executive Committee, Pacific Philosophical Association, 2006-2007   
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