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Philosophy educator

Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, American philosophy educator. Fellow American Council Learned Societies, 1989, Danforth Foundation fellow, 1979-1983, National Endowment of the Humanities fellow, 1990, Newcombe fellow Woodrow Wilson Foundation, 1984-1985, Australian National University Research fellow, 1993.


Sayre-McCord, Geoffrey was born on December 10, 1956 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Son of William Maxwell and Joan (Fish) McC.


Sayre-McCord received his BA from Oberlin College and his PhD (under the direction of David Gauthier) from the University of Pittsburgh.


He has written extensively in these areas. He is known especially for his work on moral realism and on David Hume's moral theory. He has also written on contractualism.

His Essays on Moral Realism is widely used in undergraduate and graduate courses on meta-ethics and he was, for five years, a co-editor of the highly regarded journal Noûs. The recipient of several university-wide teaching awards, Sayre-McCord is the Morehead-Cain Alumni Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program at the University of North Carolina, where he has taught since 1985.


  • Other Work

    • Editor: Essays in Moral Realism, 1988. Co-editor Nous, 1988-1993. Contributor articles to professional journals.


Married Harriet Sayre, August 23, 1980. Children: Robert, Thomas.

William Maxwell McC.

Joan (Fish) McC.

Harriet Sayre

Robert Sayre-McCord

Thomas Sayre-McCord