Christopher C. Kirby, PhD

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  • History of Philosophy
  • Chinese Philosophy & Comparative Thought
  • Value Theory
  • Environmental Ethics


Christopher C. Kirby is the editor of Dewey and the Ancients: Essays on Hellenic and Hellenistic Themes in the Philosophy of John Dewey (Bloomsbury, 2014). His research focuses broadly on the history of philosophy and comparative thought, particularly ancient philosophers who drew insights from exploring nature – like Aristotle and the Daoist sage, Zhuangzi – as well as more recent thinkers who have combined such insights with scientific or aesthetic modes of thought; e.g. Ralph Waldo Emerson, Henry David Thoreau, Aldo Leopold, E.O. Wilson and John Dewey. His current projects center around contrasting notions of moral skill in ancient Greek and Chinese philosophy and exploring the insights such analyses may yield in areas like meta-ethics, philosophy of action, and artificial intelligence. His recent publications include “Walking, Wilderness, and Exposure: Learning from Thoreau’s Episode on Katahdin” in Douglas Vakoch’s Eco-Anxiety and Planetary Hope: Confronting Pandemics and the Climate Crisis (Oxford, 2022) and “Goblet Words and Moral Knack: Non-Cognitive Moral Realism in the Zhuangzi,” published in Colin Marshall’s Comparative Metaethics: Neglected Perspectives on the Foundations of Morality (Routledge, 2019).

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