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Christine Marion Korsgaard (1952, Chicago, USA)

Christine Marion Korsgaard
Christine Marion Korsgaard
  • Christine Korsgaard studied Philosophy at the University of Illinois and received her PhD from Harvard University. She taught Philosophy at Yale, the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the University of Chicago.
  • Currently she works as Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University.
  • She is best known for her work on moral philosophy and its history, practical reason, the nature of agency, personal identity, normativity, and the ethical relations between human beings and other animals.
  • Recent publications:
    • Self-Constitution: Agency, Identity and Integrity (2009)
    • The Constitution of Agency (2008)
    • The Sources of Normativity (1996)
    • Creating the Kingdom of Ends (1996)
  • She was the first woman to be invited to give the Locke Lectures at the University of Oxford (2002) and received the honorary LHD doctorate of Human Letters from the University of Illinois (2004).
  • Christine Korsgaard was nominated for the honorary doctorate by the Faculty of Philosophy because she is one of the most influential moral philosophers today.

In the world of philosophy Christine Korsgaard is among the most influential Kantian philosophers of her day. Her highly original philosophical arguments and insightful work on the history of ethics are an inspiration to many. She is especially interested in moral philosophy and its history, publishing and teaching extensively on issues of metaphysics, the philosophy of action, theories of personal identity and personal relationships as well as normativity.

One of her objectives is to search for answers to philosophical issues like the problem of value, searching for the source of normative moral obligations. Her aim is not merely to explain moral obligations, but to justify them. To do so she looks to the past, to the writings of Kant and other philosophers from the past, especially Plato and Aristotle.

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