Chris Heathwood
Associate Professor • Director of Graduate Studies


Chris Heathwood (PhD, UMass, 2005) joined the Department in 2005 and works mainly in theoretical ethics. He also has interests in the philosophy of mind (in particular, the nature of pleasure and pain), metaphysics, and the philosophy of religion. Most of his research has been on the topic of well-being, or of what things are of ultimate benefit and harm to us, and on various topics in metaethics. During the 2017-18 academic year, Prof. Heathwood will be a Faculty Fellow at the Center for Ethics & Public Affairs at Tulane University's Murphy Institute.

Current Research: Prof. Heathwood’s main research project is a book manuscript defending a desire-satisfaction theory of well-being. In a related side-project, he is investigating whether a desire-based theory of happiness is defensible. He is also working on a paper defending reductionism about epistemic normativity for a forthcoming volume in meta-epistemology.

When he's not thinking about these topics or teaching about others, he is often hanging out with his two sons, Henry and Charlie, and wife, Nicki. When he's not doing that, he likes to listen to radio stories (which nowadays usually means podcasts), do Bikram yoga, play golf, watch baseball (Little League as much as MLB), or play guitar.

For more information, see Chris Heathwood's personal website and CV.

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