Chris Howard

Academic title(s): 

Assistant Professor

Chris Howard
Contact Information

855 Sherbrooke St. W.
Montreal, Quebec
H3A 2T7

Email address: 
chris.howard [at]
LEA 919
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Chris Howard earned his PhD from the University of Arizona in 2017, an MA from Brandeis University in 2011, and a BA from Wheaton College (Norton, MA) in 2009. Before coming to McGill, he was a Research Assistant Professor in Philosophy at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Current research: 

Much of Chris’ current research focuses on what we should want, think, and feel – in short, the question of what attitudes we should have, what our mental lives should look like. In a series of papers, he develops a pluralistic ethics of attitudes that says that facts about which attitudes we ought to hold are a function of both considerations of fittingness (aptness, worthiness) and considerations of goodness, or benefit.

Selected publications: 

“Fitting Love and Reasons for Loving” (forthcoming) Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics, 9.

“Weighing Epistemic and Practical Reasons for Belief” (forthcoming) Philosophical Studies.

“The Fundamentality of Fit” (2019) Oxford Studies in Metaethics, 14: 216-236.

“Fittingness” (2018) Philosophy Compass, 13: e12542.

“In Defense of the Wrong Kind of Reason” (2016) Thought, 1: 53-62.

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