Chris Stevens’ main interest is the metaphysics of value and its upshot for issues in ethics and political philosophy. He is now working on two projects. One is the formulation of a plausible perfectionist hedonism. The goal is to vindicate moral perfectionism by showing that three maligned perfectionist views typically thought dissimilar share a sophisticated hedonism as their value-theoretical core: Hume’s virtue ethics, Mill’s qualitative hedonism, and Aristotle’s eudaimonism. The other is a concomitant conception of political rights blending the interest theory of their function with the instrumental theory of their justification. Before coming to U of A, Chris worked on a three-year interdisciplinary environmental ethics project at the University of Helsinki, spent a year on a Fulbright fellowship at the University of Oslo, and taught at George Mason University, the University of Iceland, the University of Maryland, and Minnesota State University.
PhD University of Maryland, College Park
“A Conspiracy Theory of Unsustainable Over-consumption: The Market and Environmental Collective Action Problems,” in Loukola, Olli and Leonidas Donskis (eds.), Secrets and Conspiracies (New York: Rodopi, forthcoming).
“Who’s Afraid of Roger Scruton?” in Zangwill, Nick and Andy Hamilton (eds.), Scruton's Aesthetics (Hampshire: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 250-66.
“Perfectionist Liberalism, Natural Law Jurisprudence, and the Philosophical Foundations of Environmental Law,” in Gasparski, Wojchiech and Olli Loukola (eds.), Environmental Political Philosophy (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction Publishers, 2011), pp. 51-98.
Review of Carlson, Allen and Sheila Lintott (eds.), Nature, Aesthetics, and Environmentalism (New York: Columbia Univ. Press, 2008). Ethics, Place and Environment, Vol. 14, No. 2 (2011): 251-57.
Review of Shusterman, Richard and Adele Tomlin (eds.), Aesthetic Experience (New York: Routledge, 2008). The Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism, Vol. 68 (2010): 313-315.
“Embracing Scruton’s Cultural Conservatism,” British Journal of Aesthetics, Vol. 49 (2009): 371-88.