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Peter has been a visiting professor at Berkeley and Princeton, and he has received fellowships from the Society for the Humanities (Cornell), the American Council of Learned Societies, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is also an Associate of CREA (Ecole Polytechnique), Paris.
He has published numerous books, including Moral Discourse and Practice. Some Philosophical Approaches (edited in cooperation with Stephen Darwall and Allan Gibbard, 1997, Oxford University Press) and Facts, Values and Norms: Essays toward a Morality of Consequence. (Cambridge University Press, 2003).
His research interests center on contemporary metaethics and normative ethics, as well as consequentialism. Professor Railton is one of the key figures of current debates on moral realism. Railton's main research has been in ethics and the philosophy of science, with special interest in questions about the nature of norms, values, objectivity, and explanation.