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Department of Philosophy


Dr Christopher Cowie

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Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy

Contact Dr Christopher Cowie

Office Hours

In term time, Tuesdays 2-5pm, or by appointment. Rm 004 Old Elvet 50-51.

Research Summary

I am interested in the nature of moral norms and judgments. What kinds of things are they, and why, if at all, should we care about them? I am especially interested the similarities between moral norms and judgments, and epistemic norms and judgments.

I also work on a range of issues at the intersection of population ethics, welfare and the natural environment. Much of this work has been undertaken in collaboration with colleagues in economics and the social and environmental sciences.

Prior to arriving in Durham, I took my PhD, and held a Research Fellowship, at the University of Cambridge.

Research Interests

  • Epistemology
  • Metaethics
  • Moral Philosophy
  • Political Philosophy

Teaching Areas

  • Moral Theory
  • Political Philosophy


Authored book

  • (Forthcoming). The Repugnant Conclusion (Under contract with Routledge).

Chapter in book

  • Cowie, Christopher & Greenberg, Alexander (Forthcoming). Epistemic Realism and Antirealism: Approaches to Metaepistemology. In Epistemic Realism and Antirealism: Approaches to Metaepistemology. McKenna, Robin & Kyriacou, Christos Palgrave Macmillan.

Journal Article