Peter J. Hansen, PhD

Lecturer, Department of Chemical Engineering, MIT
Course Administrator, Ethics for Engineers

Peter Hansen received his AB from the Department of Government at Harvard University, and his PhD from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago. He has taught Ethics for Engineers at MIT since 2015.  He has also taught at Harvard, Washington & Lee University, and the Virginia Military Institute. Dr. Hansen’s scholarly work has focused on the question of justice and its place in a full human life, and on the relation between philosophy and science and the ground or basis of science. He is the author of Plato’s Tough Guys and Their Attachment to Justice (Lexington Books, 2019). Dr. Hansen formerly worked in finance, and he founded and ran his own company for many years.