Christine M. Korsgaard

Christine M. Korsgaard

Arthur Kingsley Porter Research Professor of Philosophy
Christine M. Korsgaard

Research Interests: Moral Philosophy and its history, Practical Reason, Agency, Personal Identity, and Human/Animal Relations

Christine M Korsgaard (PhD Harvard, 1981) works on moral philosophy and its history, practical reason, agency, personal identity, and human/animal relations. She is the author of five books. The Sources of Normativity (Cambridge, 1996), an expanded version of her 1992 Tanner Lectures, examines the history of ideas about the foundations of obligation in modern moral philosophy and presents an account of her own. Creating the Kingdom of Ends (Cambridge, 1996) is a collection of her essays on Kant's Ethics and Kantian Ethics. The Constitution of Agency (Oxford, 2008) is a collection of her papers on practical reason and moral psychology. Self-Constitution: Agency, Identity, and Integrity (Oxford, 2009) is a book about the foundation of morality in the nature of agency. And Fellow Creatures: Our Obligations to the Other Animals is a Kantian account of our duties to the other animals. She is also one of the editors of Reclaiming the History of Ethics: Essays for John Rawls (Cambridge, 1997), and is currently writing a book about the good. Professor Korsgaard retired from teaching in 2020.

Korsgaard has held positions at Yale, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Chicago, as well as visiting positions at Berkeley and UCLA.  She received her B.A at the University of Illinois in 1974; her PhD at Harvard in 1981; and holds honorary degrees from the University of Illinois (2004) and Groningen University (2014).

For more information, see Prof. Korsgaard's personal website.

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