Geoffrey Sayre-McCord
Born (1956-12-10) December 10, 1956 (age 64)
NationalityUnited States
EducationBA from Oberlin College and PhD from the University of Pittsburgh
Occupationphilosopher, professor, author
EmployerUniversity of North Carolina
Known formoral realism

Geoffrey Sayre-McCord (né McCord, born December 10, 1956) is a philosopher who works in moral theory, meta-ethics, the history of ethics, and epistemology. He teaches at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is also the director of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Society.

Education and career

Sayre-McCord received his BA from Oberlin College and his PhD (under the direction of David Gauthier) from the University of Pittsburgh. The recipient of several university-wide teaching awards, Sayre-McCord is the Morehead-Cain Alumni Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program at the University of North Carolina, where he has taught since 1985.

Philosophical work

He is known especially for his work on moral realism and on David Hume's moral theory. He is author of the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy entry on "Moral Realism."[1] He has also written on contractualism. He was, for five years, a co-editor of the journal Noûs.


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Edited volumes

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