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Philosophy educator

Christine Marion Korsgaard, American philosophy educator. Recipient Mellon Distinguished Achievement award, 2004; Whiting fellow, 1978-1979; Center for Human Values fellow, 1995-1996. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science; member American Philosophical Association, North America Kant Society, Hume Society, American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy.

Background

Korsgaard, Christine Marion was born on April 9, 1952 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Daughter of Albert and Marion Hangaard (Kortbek) Korsgaard.

Education

Korsgaard first attended Eastern Illinois University for two years and transferred to receive a B.A. from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D from Harvard, where she was a student of John Rawls.

Career

She has taught at Yale, the University of California at Santa Barbara, and the University of Chicago. Since 1991 she has been a professor at Harvard University, where she is now Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy. She has been described as "one of today's leading moral philosophers" because of her work in defense of Kantian views in moral theory.

She received an LHD Doctor of Humane Letters from the University of Illinois in 2004. She is a 1970 alumna of Homewood-Flossmoor High School in Flossmoor, Ill. In 1996 Korsgaard published a book entitled The Sources of Normativity, which was the revised version of her Tanner Lectures on Human Values, and also a collection of her past papers on Kant's moral philosophy and Kantian approaches to contemporary moral philosophy: Creating the Kingdom of Ends.

In 2002, she was the first woman to give the John Locke Lectures at the University of Oxford, which turned into her most recent book, Self-Constitution: Agency, Identity, and Integrity. She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences in 2001 and a Corresponding Fellow of the British Academy in 2015.

Works

Membership

Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member American Philosophical Association, North America Kant Society, Hume Society, American Society for Political and Legal Philosophy.

Connections

Married Timothy David Gould, June 1980 (divorced September 1984).

father:
Albert Korsgaard

mother:
Marion Hangaard (Kortbek) Korsgaard

spouse:
Timothy David Gould