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Christian Coons
  • 2013-2014 CEPA Faculty Fellow


Christian Coons, Associate Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University, earned his doctorate from the University of California, Davis in 2007. His research focuses on theory selection in normative ethics, the nature of value, and the structure of morality. He has published work in each of the major sub-fields of moral philosophy: applied ethics, normative ethics, axiology, metaethics, political and legal theory, while editing volumes on paternalism and manipulation. He earned a Woodrow Wilson fellowship for his dissertation “The Value of Individuals and the Value of States”.

Professor Coons will devote his fellowship year working on a book, wherein he argues that reflection on the concepts of value, requirement and a reason reveals particular conclusions about what is valuable, which reasons and requirements we have, and why.

The Murphy Institute

Established in memory of Charles H. Murphy, Sr. (1870-1954), and inspired by the vision of Charles H. Murphy, Jr. (1920-2002), The Murphy Institute exists to help Tulane faculty and students understand economic, moral, and political problems we all face and think about. More important, it exists to help us understand how these problems have come to be so closely interconnected.