Dr. Christopher W. Gowans
Department of Philosophy
Bronx, NY 10458
BA, Pomona College
PhD, University of Notre Dame
Areas of Research
Contemporary moral philosophy: epistemological issues concerning realism, relativism and skepticism; moral dilemmas and "dirty hands"; normative theories, especially in the Kantian tradition. Kant’s moral philosophy. Buddhist philosophy: Early Buddhism; Buddhism and Hellenistic philosophy, especially Stoicism; Buddhist moral and political philosophy; virtue ethics.
Philosophy of the Buddha (Routledge, 2003)
Innocence Lost: An Examination of Inescapable Moral Wrongdoing (Oxford University Press, 1994)
Editor, Moral Disagreements (Routledge, 2000)
Editor, Moral Dilemmas (Oxford University Press, 1989)
"Moral Virtue and the Epistemology of Disagrement," Philosphical Topics, forthcoming.
"Ethical Thought in Indian Buddhism," in A Companion to Buddhist Philosophy, Steven Emmanuel ed. (Oxford: Blackwell Publishing Ltd., forthcoming).
"The Authority of Morality," in Confucianism, Daoism, and Moral Relativism, Huang Yong ed. (Albany, NY: State University of New York Press, forthcoming).
"Moral Relativism and Virtue Ethics," in A Companion to Relativism, Steven D. Hales, ed. (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011), 391-410.
"A Critical Review of Christine M. Korsgaard, Self-Constitution: Agency, Identity, and Integrity and The Constitution of Agency: Essays on Practical Reason and Moral Psychology, International Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 50 (2010), 117-129.
"Medical Analogies in Buddhist and Hellenistic Thought: Tranquility and Anger," in Philosophy as Therapeia, Clare Carlisle and Jonardon Ganeri, eds. (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2010), 11-33.
"Virtue and Nature," Social Philosophy and Policy, Vol. 25 (2008), 28-55.