Christian B. Miller

Associate Professor of Philosophy
Director, The Character Project
Office: B315 Tribble Hall
Phone: 336-758-3564
E-mail: millerc@wfu.edu
Personal Website: www.wfu.edu/~millerc

 

Christian Miller holds a B.A. in philosophy from Princeton University, and a Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. His main areas of research are meta-ethics, moral psychology, moral character, action theory, and philosophy of religion. His work has appeared in such journals as NoûsPhilosophy and Phenomenological ResearchPhilosophical StudiesPhilosophical PsychologyThe Journal of Ethics, Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy, and Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion. He has also edited a collection of Philip Quinn’s papers, Essays in the Philosophy of Religion (Oxford University Press), as well as The Continuum Companion to Ethics. His two forthcoming books, Moral Character: An Empirical Theory and Character and Moral Psychology, will be published by Oxford University Press in 2013. He is the president of the North Carolina Philosophical Society, and Director of The Character Project, which is funded by a $4.18 million grant for the study of character from the John Templeton Foundation.

Please see my personal website.

Books

2. Character and Moral Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013.

1. Moral Character: An Empirical Theory. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2013.

Edited Collections

3. The Continuum Companion to Ethics. Ed. Christian Miller. London: Continuum Press, 2011. 355 Pages.

2. Symposium on Agency. Ethics 118 (2008): 385-463

1. Phillip Quinn. Essays in the Philosophy of Religion. Ed. Christian Miller. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006. 328 pages.

Articles

38. “Lack of Virtue and Vice,” Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics. Ed. Mark Timmons. Oxford: Oxford University Press (conditionally accepted, in progress).

37. “Furlong and Santos on Desire and Choice,” Invited Paper in Moral Psychology: Freedom and Responsibility. Volume 4. Ed. Walter Sinnott-Armstrong. Cambridge: MIT Press (in progress).

36. “How are Virtues Individuated, and What Unites Them?” Invited Paper in Current Controversies in Virtue Theory. Ed. Mark Alfano. Routledge (in progress).

35. “Do People have the Virtues or Vices? Some Results from Psychology,” Invited Paper in Ethics and the Challenge of Secularism: Russian and Western Perspectives. Ed. David Bradshaw. Washington D.C.: Council for Research in Values and Philosophy (in progress) (volume conditionally accepted).

Reprinted in Russian translation in Ethical Thought. Ed. Abdusalam Gusseinov. Institute of Philosophy, Russian Academy of Sciences (forthcoming).

34. “Virtue Epistemology and the Big Five,” Invited Paper in Naturalizing Virtue. Ed. Owen Flanagan and Abrol Fairweather. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (in progress).

33. “Cornell Realism” and “Response-Dependent” in The Cambridge Dictionary of Philosophy, Third Edition. Ed. Robert Audi. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (in progress).

32. “The Real Challenge to Virtue Ethics from Psychology,” Invited Paper in The Philosophy and Psychology of Virtue: An Empirical Approach to Character and Happiness. Ed. Nancy Snow and Franco Trivigno. Routledge, forthcoming 2014.

31. “The Problem of Character,” Invited Paper in The Handbook of Virtue Ethics. Ed. Stan van Hooft and Nicole Saunders. Acumen Press, forthcoming 2013.

30. “Moral Realism and Anti-Realism,” Invited Paper in The History of Evil. Volume Six. Ed. Jerome Gellman. Acumen Press, forthcoming 2013.

29. “Atheism and the Benefits of Theistic Belief,” Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2012. Finalist, 2010 Younger Scholars Prize.

28. “Integrity,” Invited Paper in the Blackwell International Encyclopedia of Ethics, forthcoming 2012.

27. “The Euthyphro Dilemma,” Invited Paper in the Blackwell International Encyclopedia of Ethics, forthcoming 2012.

26. “The Challenge to Virtue, Character, and Forgiveness from Psychology and Philosophy,” Invited Paper for Symposium on Forgiveness, Philosophia Christi, 14 (2012) 125-143.

25. “Resources for the Fields of Metaethics and Normative Theory,” and “Selected Works in Contemporary Metaethics and Normative Theory,” The Continuum Companion to Ethics. Ed. Christian Miller. London: Continuum Press, 2011, 293-316.

24. “Overview of Contemporary Metaethics and Normative Theory,” The Continuum Companion to Ethics. Ed. Christian Miller. London: Continuum Press, 2011, xiv-lii.

23. “Defining Empathy: Thoughts on Coplan’s Approach,” Invited paper in The Southern Journal of Philosophy Spindel Volume 49 (2011): 66-72.

22. ”Guilt, Embarrassment, and Global Character Traits Associated with Helping,” Invited Paper in New Waves in Ethics. Ed. Thom Brooks. Palgrave Macmillan, 2011, 150-187.

21. ”Moral Relativism and Moral Psychology,” Invited Paper in The Blackwell Companion to Relativism. Ed. Steven Hales. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 2011, 346-367.

20. “Character Traits, Social Psychology, and Impediments to Helping Behavior,” Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy 5 (2010): 1-36.

19. ”Guilt and Helping,” Invited Paper in Advances in Psychology Research. Ed. Alexandra Columbis. Volume 68. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2010, 117-138.

Reprinted in International Journal of Ethics 6:2/3 (2010): 231-252.

Reprinted in Perspectives on Ethics. Ed. Jeremy Duncan. New York: Nova Science Publishers, 2011.

18. ”The Conditions of Moral Realism,” The Journal of Philosophical Research 34 (2009): 123-155.

17. ”Divine Will Theory: Desires or Intentions?” Oxford Studies in Philosophy of Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2009, 185-207.

16. ”Social Psychology, Mood, and Helping: Mixed Results for Virtue Ethics,” The Journal of Ethics. Special Issue on Situationism 13 (2009): 145-173.

15. ”Divine Desire Theory and Obligation,” Invited Paper in New Waves in Philosophy of Religion. Eds. Y. Nagasawa and E. Wielenberg. Palgrave Macmillan, 2009, 105-124.

14. ”Empathy, Social Psychology, and Global Helping Traits,” Philosophical Studies 142 (2009): 247-275.

Reviewed in Philosopher’s Digest, http://www.philosophersdigest.com/.

13. ”Gert on Subjective Practical Rationality,” Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 11 (2008): 551-561.

12. ”Introduction to Agency Symposium,” Ethics 118 (2008): 385-387.

11. ”Motivational Internalism,” Philosophical Studies 139 (2008): 233-255.

10. ”Motivation in Agents,” Nous 42 (2008): 222-266.

9. ”The Structure of Instrumental Practical Reasoning,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 75 (2007): 1-41.

8. ”The Conditions of Realism,” The Journal of Philosophical Research 32 (2007): 95-132.

7. ”The Policy-Based Approach to Identification,” Philosophical Psychology 20 (2007): 105-125.

6. ”Quinn’s Philosophy of Religion,” in Essays in the Philosophy of Religion. Oxford: University Press, 2006. 1-18.

5. ”Shafer-Landau and Moral Realism,” Invited Review Essay. Social Theory and Practice 32 (2006): 311-331.

4. ”Defeaters and the Basicality of Theistic Belief,” in Basic Belief and Basic Knowledge: Papers in Epistemology. Eds. Ron Rood, Sabine Roeser, and Rene van Woudenberg. Frankfurt: Ontos Verlag, 2005, 147-176.

3. ”Social Psychology and Virtue Ethics,” The Journal of Ethics 7 (2003): 365-392.

2. ”Rorty and Tolerance,” Theoria: Special Issue on the Philosophy of Richard Rorty 101 (2003): 94-108.

1. ”Rorty and Moral Relativism,” European Journal of Philosophy 10 (2002): 354-374.

Reprinted in Richard Rorty: Critical Assessments of Leading Philosophers. Ed. James Tartaglia. Routledge, 2009.

Fall 2012 – Basic Problems of Philosophy (freshmen only)