Chris Meyers

Professor Chris Meyers
Visiting Professor of Philosophy
Rome 567

Areas of Expertise

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

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


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)



·     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.

Classes Taught

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