Christine Korsgaard

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search
Christine Marion Korsgaard
Christine Korsgaard at Amherst College 2.jpg
BornApril 9, 1952 (1952-04-09) (age 66)
Alma materHarvard University
University of Illinois
Era20th-century philosophy
RegionWestern philosophy
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. She has been described as "one of today's leading moral philosophers"[1] because of her work in defense of Kantian views in moral theory, and "the greatest contemporary proponent" of "a distinguished philosophical tradition that conceives of humanity as a task."[2]


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 received an LHD Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Illinois in 2004.[3] She is a 1970 alumna of Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, Ill.

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,[4] 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[5] and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2015.[6] 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.[7]

Selected publications[edit]


  • (2018) Fellow Creatures: Our obligations to other animals, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0198753858.
  • (2009) Self-Constitution: Agency, Identity, and Integrity, Oxford University Press.
  • (2008) The Constitution of Agency, Oxford University Press.
  • (1996a) The Sources of Normativity, New York: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-55059-9.
  • (1996b) Creating the Kingdom of Ends, New York: Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0-521-49644-6.


  • (1986) "Skepticism about Practical Reason," The Journal of Philosophy 83 (1): 5-25. (Reprinted in as ch.11 in Korsgaard (1996b), pp. 311–334.)
  • (1997) "The Normativity of Instrumental Reason", ch. 8 in Garrett Cullity & Berys Gaut (eds.) Ethics and Practical Reason, Oxford: Clarendon Press, pp. 215–54. (Reprinted with Afterword in Korsgaard (2008), pp. 27–69.)

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ Melissa McBay Merritt, "Motherhood in Ferrante's The Lost Daughter: A Case Study of Irony as Extraordinary Reflection," Philosophy and Literature, vol. 41, no. 1 (April 2017), 184, 186. (The expression alluding to Kantianism—"a distinguished philosophical tradition that conceives of humanity as a task"—is, originally, from Jonathan Lear, A Case for Irony [Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2011], p. 3, and in Merritt's article Korsgaard is enrolled in this tradition.)
  3. ^
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2011-07-20. Retrieved 2014-12-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^
  6. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2015-07-21. Retrieved 2015-07-19.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  7. ^ "Index". Retrieved 2018-05-16.

External links[edit]