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Assistant Professor
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University Hall 5015

Research and Teaching Interests: Applied Philosophy, Buddhist Philosophy, Chinese Philosophy, Epistemology, Ethics, Philosophy of Logic

Office Hours: 11:00-Noon Wednesdays (Zoom); by appointment

Education:

  • BA, Durham University, Philosophy
  • BPhil, University of Oxford, Philosophy
  • MA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Philosophy
  • PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Philosophy

I dropped out of high school when I was 15. Having fallen off the educational rails, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever get back on track. But eventually, I found philosophy and that helped me work out where and who I wanted to be.

My experience as a nontraditional student helps me value diverse perspectives and life trajectories in the classroom. Philosophy should be for everyone, not just a privileged few.

When I’m not teaching or otherwise doing philosophy, I like to run (slowly), hang out with my dog and my partner, and read. Oh, and by upbringing rather than design, I spend a lot of time being British. So apologies in advance for using strange words, and for the dodgy pronunciation.


My research focuses on epistemology, ethics, and the philosophy of logic. I’m interested in more abstract issues, like what it is to do something on the basis of a reason. That includes things like bringing an umbrella because it’s raining, and drawing a conclusion on the basis of premises. But I’m also keen to draw applied upshot from more theoretical and foundational questions. For instance, in epistemology, I’m interested in how we should organize our epistemic environments to best guard against pernicious influences like fake news. And in ethics, I’m thinking about questions to do with responsibility and consent for agents whose autonomy is often overlooked, like those with substance use disorder.

For more information, please head to my website: www.chrisblaketurner.com.