Christine Marion Korsgaard
BornApril 9, 1952 (1952-04-09) (age 68)
Alma materHarvard University
University of Illinois
Era20th-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
SchoolAnalytic
InstitutionsHarvard University
Main interests
Moral philosophy · Kantianism

Christine Marion Korsgaard, FBA (/ˈkɔːrzɡɑːrd/; born April 9, 1952) is an American philosopher and Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University whose main scholarly interests are in moral philosophy and its history; the relation of issues in moral philosophy to issues in metaphysics, the philosophy of mind, and the theory of personal identity; the theory of personal relationships; and in normativity in general.

Education and career

Korsgaard first attended Eastern Illinois University for two years and transferred to receive a B.A. from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D from Harvard, where she was a student of John Rawls. She was awarded an honorary LHD Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Illinois in 2004.[1] She is a 1970 alumna of Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, Ill.

Korsgaard in 2019
Korsgaard in 2019

She has taught at Yale, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Chicago; since 1991 she has been a professor at Harvard University, where she is now Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy.

In 1996 Korsgaard published a book entitled The Sources of Normativity, which was the revised version of her Tanner Lectures on Human Values, and also a collection of her past papers on Kant's moral philosophy and Kantian approaches to contemporary moral philosophy: Creating the Kingdom of Ends. In 2002, she was the first woman to give the John Locke Lectures at the University of Oxford,[2] which turned into her recent book, Self-Constitution: Agency, Identity, and Integrity.

She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2001[3] and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2015.[4] She served as President of the Eastern Division of the American Philosophical Association in 2008-2009, and held a Mellon Distinguished Achievement Award from 2006-2009.[5]

Animal rights

Korsgaard is an advocate of animal rights. She was a vegetarian for over 40 years and is now a vegan.[6] In 2018, Korsgaard authored Fellow Creatures: Our Obligations to Other Animals which argues that Kantian ethics supports animal rights.[7]

Selected publications

Books

Articles

See also

Notes

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-01-05. Retrieved 2015-06-04.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2014-12-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  3. ^ http://news.harvard.edu/gazette/2001/05.24/07-academy.html
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-21. Retrieved 2015-07-19.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Index". www.people.fas.harvard.edu. Retrieved 2018-05-16.
  6. ^ "Book presents the case that animals are just as important as people". Phys.org. Retrieved October 8, 2020.
  7. ^ Nobis, Nathan (2019). "Review: Fellow Creatures: Our Obligations to Other Animals". The Philosophers' Magazine. 87: 113–114. doi:10.5840/tpm201987100.