Christopher Morris (PhD, University of Toronto) is Professor of Philosophy and Chair of the Department. He is also a faculty member of the Committee on Politics, Philosophy, and Public Affairs and was an Affiliated Research Scholar of the Institute for Philosophy and Public Policy. His interests are in moral and political philosophy, practical ethics, legal theory, and the theory of practical rationality. Some of his current research develops the implications of his book An Essay on the Modern State for international affairs and world order and, in particular, legitimacy. Other topics include justice and reasons for action and a number of questions about moral standing.
Questions of Life and Death: Readings in Practical Ethics, ed. (New York: Oxford University Press, 2011).
Amartya Sen, ed. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010).
An Essay on the Modern State (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1998; paperback, 2002).
"State Coercion and Force", Social Philosophy & Policy 29, 1 (January 2012), 28-49.
"The Idea of Moral Standing", in The Oxford Handbook of Animal Ethics, edited by Tom Beauchamp and R.G. Frey (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011), pp. 255-275.
"State Legitimacy and Social Order", in Political Legitimization without Morality, edited by Jörg Köhnelt (Heidelberg: Springer, 2008), pp 15-32.
"The Trouble with Justice", in Morality and Self-Interest, edited by Paul Bloomfield (New York: Oxford University Press, 2008), pp. 15-30.
"The Very Idea of Popular Sovereignty: 'We the People' Reconsidered",Social Philosophy & Policy 17, 1 (Winter 2000), 1-26.
"A Contractarian Account of Moral Justification", in Moral Knowledge? New Readings in Moral Epistemology, edited by Walter Sinnott-Armstrong and Mark Timmons (New York: Oxford University Press, 1996), pp. 215-242.
"Existential Limits to the Rectification of Past Wrongs", American Philosophy Quarterly 21, 2 (April 1984), 175-182.