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Heathwood, Chris Associate Professor

Positions

Research Areas research areas

Research

research overview

  • Dr. Heathwood's principle research area is ethics, where he works mainly on well-being and on issues in metaethics. Theories of well-being answer the question, What is ultimately of benefit and harm to us? Most of Dr. Heathwood’s work on this topic concerns desire-based theories of well-being, according to which welfare consists in getting what one wants. Relatedly, Dr. Heathwood also defends desire-based theories of the nature of pleasure and pain. In metaethics, Dr. Heathwood has written on the nature of value and reasons for action, and their relation to desire-based theories of welfare and pleasure. He is also interested in the defensibility of non-naturalist moral realism, and to this end has written on whether there can be ungrounded moral facts and on the nature of irreducible normativity. Dr. Heathwood also has interests in meta-epistemology, the philosophy of religion, and metaphysics.

keywords

  • ethics, metaethics, axiology, welfare, well-being, value, reasons, desire, desire-satisfaction theory of welfare, preferentism, pleasure and pain, normativity, abortion, philosophy of religion, the ontological argument, philosophy of time, value pluralism

Publications

selected publications

Teaching

courses taught

  • PHIL 3930 Internship in Social Policy (Spring 2019)
  • PHIL 4020 Topics in the History of Philosophy (Spring 2019)
  • PHIL 4840 Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • PHIL 4950 Honors Thesis (Spring 2019)
  • PHIL 5020 Topics in the History of Philosophy (Spring 2019)
  • PHIL 5810 Special Topics in Philosophy (Spring 2019)
  • PHIL 5840 Graduate Independent Study (Spring 2019)
  • PHIL 6940 Master's Candidate for Degree (Spring 2019)
  • PHIL 6950 Master's Thesis (Spring 2019)
  • PHIL 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2019)
  • PHIL 2840 Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 3100 Ethical Theory (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 3840 Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 3930 Internship in Social Policy (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 4840 Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 4950 Honors Thesis (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 5810 Special Topics in Philosophy (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 5840 Graduate Independent Study (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 6940 Master's Candidate for Degree (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 6950 Master's Thesis (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Fall 2018)
  • PHIL 6940 Master's Candidate for Degree (Summer 2018)
  • PHIL 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Summer 2018)
  • PHIL 2840 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • PHIL 3840 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • PHIL 3930 Internship in Social Policy (Spring 2018)
  • PHIL 4840 Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • PHIL 4950 Honors Thesis (Spring 2018)
  • PHIL 5810 Special Topics in Philosophy (Spring 2018)
  • PHIL 5840 Graduate Independent Study (Spring 2018)
  • PHIL 6940 Master's Candidate for Degree (Spring 2018)
  • PHIL 6950 Master's Thesis (Spring 2018)
  • PHIL 8990 Doctoral Dissertation (Spring 2018)

Background

International Activities

global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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