Christopher W. Morris
Emeritus Professor
AOS: Political Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Law, Practical Rationality
Office: 1125 Skinner Building

Christopher Morris (PhD, University of Toronto) is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and former chair of department. His interests are in moral and political philosophy, practical ethics, legal theory, and the theory of practical rationality. His main project is a book tentatively entitled Social Order, Liberty, and Prosperity: Political Philosophy for our Age. Other topics include justice and reasons for action, the contractarian tradition, and a number of questions about moral standing. He is also editing two volumes of David Gauthier’s essays for Oxford.

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.