Robert Paul Churchill

Robert Paul Churchill

Elton Professor of Philosophy
Rome 566, Office Hours: MW 3:00-4:00
Phone: 202-994-3351

Areas of Expertise

Environmental philosophy, ethics and international affairs, social and political philosophy, history of modern philosophy, logic

R. Paul Churchill

Current Research

Dr. Churchill's present book project, Women in the Crossfire, focuses on honor killing, an extreme violation of women's human rights, and situates the cultural practice within the objectives of patriarchy within cultures of honor and the evolution of extended kin-networks and tribal organizations. Always interested in interdisciplinary research, Paul is also working on toleration, global human rights, the evolution of moral sensibility, and moral psychology.

Paul has had a major role in the design of interdisciplinary courses and curricula at GW including the University Honors Program, the interdisciplinary Humanities Program, and the Peace Studies Program. He served as president of Concerned Philosophers for Peace twice and for eight years as director of the Society for Philosophy in the Contemporary World.  Professor Churchill is a pioneer in the development of online philosophy course, and present President of the American Society for Value Inquiry.


Selected Publications:
Women in the Crossfire: Understanding and Ending Honor Killing (New York: Oxford University Press, forthcoming).
“Human Rights and International Law” in The Routledge Handbook of Pacifism and Nonviolence, ed. Andrew Fiala (London: Routledge, forthcoming).
“Mythology, Mental Health, and a Culture of Violence", Philosophy in the Contemporary World, 23, no. 2, forthcoming
“Salvaging Natural Human Rights:   A critical Commentary on Michael Boylan’s A Theory of Natural Human Rights,” Journal of Applied Ethics and Philosophy, 8, no. 2 (Fall 2016), 33-40
“Drone Warfare:  Ethical and Psychological Issues,” International Journal of Technoethics, 6 no. 2 (2015), 16-32.
“Liberal Toleration,” in The Bloomsbury Guide to Political Philosophy, ed. Andrew Fiala (London and New York: Bloomsbury Press, 2015), 139-51.
“Civil Disobedience” and “Genocide,” in The Global Studies Encyclopedic Dictionary, eds. Alexander N. Chumkov, Ivan I. Muzour, and William G. Gay (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi Press, 2014), 66-8, 215-17.
“The Ethics of Teaching and the Emergence of MOOCS: Should Philosophers Support the MOOC?”, Philosophy in the Contemporary World, 21, no. 1 (Spring, 2014), 1-14.
“Altruism,” in Encyclopedia of Global Justice: A-I, ed. Deen K. Chatterjee (Dodrecht and London: Springer, 2011)
“Crimes against Humanity,” in Encyclopedia of Global Justice: A-I, ed. Deen K. Chatterjee (Dodrecht and London: Springer, 2011)
Indigenous Peoples,” in Encyclopedia of Global Justice: A-I, ed. Deen K. Chatterjee (Dodrecht and London: Springer, 2011)
“Violence,” in Encyclopedia of Global Justice: J-X, ed. Deen K. Chatterjee (Dodrecht and London: Springer, 2011)
“Compassion and Reconciliation,” in Remembrance and Reconciliation, eds. Robert Gildert and Dennis Rothermal (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2011), 61-9.
“Global Human Rights,” in The Morality and Global Justice Reader, ed. Michael Boylan (Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2011), 7-26.
“Becoming Moral Agents: On the Personal and Communal Worldview Imperatives,” in Morality and Justice: Reading Boylan’s A Just Society, ed. John Stuart Gordon (Lanham, MD: Lexington Books, 2009), 15-29.
“Globalization and Terror,” in Parceling the Globe: Philosophical Explorations in Globalization, Global Behavior, and Peace, eds. Danielle Poe and Eddy Souffrant (Amsterdam and New York: Rodopi, 2008)
“Toleration and Deep Reconciliation,” Philosophy in the Contemporary World, 14, no. 1 (Spring 2007)
Human Rights and Global Diversity (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 2006).

Classes Taught

PHIL 1051.15 MW 12:45-2:00

PHIL 2133.10 MW 4:45-6:00