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Stephen Darwall
EraContemporary philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
Main interests
Moral philosophy
Notable ideas
Second-person standpoint in ethics

Stephen Darwall (born 1946) is a contemporary moral philosopher, best known for his work developing Kantian and deontological themes. He was named Andrew Downey Orrick Professor of Philosophy at Yale University in 2008.[1]

Education and career

A 1968 graduate of Yale University, he earned his PhD in Philosophy at the University of Pittsburgh under Kurt Baier in 1972.[2] He began his teaching career at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 1972, and then joined the Department of Philosophy at the University of Michigan philosophy department, where he became, in 2006, John Dewey Distinguished University Professor Emeritus and moved to Yale.[3] He has been a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences since 2001[4] and was made a Guggenheim Fellow for philosophy in 2023.[5] He and David Velleman are founding co-editors of Philosophers' Imprint. He specializes in the foundations and history of ethics.

Selected works

He also has written an ethics textbook:


  1. ^ "Stephen Darwall Named the Andrew Downey Orrick Professor". 12 September 2008.
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  3. ^ Stephen Darwall/Yale
  4. ^ "Stephen Darwall Named the Andrew Downey Orrick Professor". 12 September 2008.
  5. ^ "Fellow Page". Guggenheim Fellowship. Retrieved May 10, 2023.