Chris Meyers

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Chris Meyers

Visiting Professor of Philosophy

Core Faculty


Areas of Expertise: Ethical Theory, Metaethics, Moral Psychology, Applied Ethics, Public Policy

Areas of Competence: Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Law

Lower Level & Service Courses:

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Logic
  • Contemporary Moral Problems
  • Business Ethics
  • Health Care Ethics
  • Environmental Ethics

Upper Level:

  • Ethical Theory
  • Political Philosophy
  • Wittgenstein/Early Analytic Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Moral Psychology
  • Action Theory (Free Will)
  • Philosophy of Law
  • Ethics of Sex

Directed Readings:

  • Epistemology
  • Moral Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Language

Graduate Level:

  • Metaethics
  • Philosophy, Law, & Social Policy
  • Special Topics in Public Policy: Drugs & Drug Policy

·     Drug Legalization—A Philosophical Analysis, Palgrave/Macmillan, 2022.

·     A Moral Defense of Homosexuality: Why Every Argument against Gay Rights Fails, Rowman & Littlefield, 2015.

·     The Fetal Position: A Rational Approach to the Abortion Debate, Prometheus Books, 2010.


·     “Automatic Behavior and Moral Agency: Defending the Moral Concept of Personhood from Empirically Based Skepticism,” Acta Analytica 30 (2015), pp 193-209.

·     “Neuroenhancement in Reflective Equilibrium: A Qualified Kantian Defense of Enhancing in Scholarship and Science,” Neuroethics (2014), pp287-298.

·     “Brains, Trolleys, and Intuitions: Defending Deontology from the Greene/Singer Argument,” Philosophical Psychology, forthcoming.

·     “Hobbes and the Rationality of Self-Preservation: Grounding Morality on the Desires We Should Have,” European Legacy 18 (2013), pp. 269-286.

·     “Defending Moral Realism from Empirical Evidence of Disagreement,” Social Theory and Practice 39 (2013), pp 373-396.

·     “Expressivism, Constructivism, and the Supervenience of Moral Properties,” Philosophical Explorations 15 (2012), pp 17-33.

·     “G.I., Robot: The Ethics of Using Remote Controlled Robots in Combat,” Public Affairs Quarterly 25 (2011), pp 21-36.

·     “If I Only had an Essence! Existentialism and The Wizard of Oz,” Midwest Quarterly (2011), pp 95-110.

·     “Psychological Investigations: Wittgenstein’s Private Language Argument and Inferences in Contemporary Cognitive Science,” with Sara Waller, Synthese 171 (2009), pp 135-156.

·     “The Virtue of Cold-Heartedness,” Philosophical Studies 138 (2008), pp 233-244.

Ph.D. Philosophy—Loyola University Chicago (May 2002)
M.A. Philosophy—Loyola University Chicago (May 1994)
B.A. Philosophy—University of Colorado at Denver (May 1991)
B.F.A. Fine Arts—University of Colorado at Denver (May 1991)