Complete Writings

Complete Writings with Web Access Information Where Available


  1. Fellow Creatures: Our Obligations to the Other Animals, Oxford, 2018.
  2. Self-Constitution:  Agency, Identity, and Integrity. Oxford, 2009
  3. The Sources of Normativity. Cambridge, 1996.

Essay Collections

 The Constitution of Agency. Oxford, 2008

(The Links for this book are to abstracts of the essays.)


  1. The Normativity of Instrumental Reason
  2. The Myth of Egoism
  3. Self-Constitution in the Ethics of Plato and Kant
  4. Aristotle’s Function Argument [Abstract]
  5. Aristotle on Function and Virtue
  6. From Duty and for the Sake of the Noble: Kant and Aristotle on Morally Good Action
  7. Acting for a Reason [Abstract]
  8. Taking the Law into Our Own Hands: Kant on the Right to Revolution
  9. The General Point of View: Love and Moral Approval in Hume’s Ethics
  10. Realism and Constructivism in Twentieth Century Moral Philosophy

 Creating the Kingdom of Ends. Cambridge, 1996

(The links for this book are to the essays, usually the Dash versions)

  1. An Introduction to the Ethical, Political, and Religious Thought of Kant
  2. Kant’s Analysis of Obligation: The Argument of Groundwork I
  3. Kant’s Formula of Universal Law
  4. Kant’s Formula of Humanity
  5. The Right to Lie:  Kant on Dealing with Evil
  6. Morality as Freedom
  7. Creating the Kingdom of Ends:  Reciprocity and Responsibility in Personal Relations
  8. Aristotle and Kant on the Source of Value
  9. Two Distinctions in Goodness
  10. The Reasons We Can Share:  An Attack on the Distinction between Agent-Relative and Agent-Neutral Reasons 
  11. Skepticism about Practical Reason
  12. Two Arguments Against Lying
  13. Personal Identity and the Unity of Agency:  A Kantian Response to Parfit

Recent Philosophical Essays and Work in Progress: See Previous Page


Natural Goodness, Rightness, and the Intersubjectivity of Reason:  A Reply to Arroyo, Cummiskey, Molan, and Bird-Pollan. Metaphilosophy, 2011
Motivation, Metaphysics, and the Value of the Self: A Reply to Ginsborg, Guyer, and Schneewind. Ethics,1998

Shorter Pieces on Animals

Amicus Brief in Case of Happy the ElephantState Appeals Court of New York, on Behalf of the Non-Human Rights Project
Should We Use the Other Animals as Means to Our Ends?

In German: Should We Use the Other Animals as Means to Our Ends?
For Die Zeit, 2021
Of the Value of People and AnimalsThe Philosopher, Vol. 108, No. 1, 2020
Medical Research on Animals and the Question of Moral StatusHarvard Medical School Bioethics Journal, Winter, 2020
Animals: Ethics, Agency, Culture: IntroductionIntroduction to a special issue on Animal Ethics of the Harvard Review of Philosophy, XXV, 2018
Getting Animals in View Think: Philosophy for Everyone 2012
Personhood, Animals, and the LawThe Point: December 23, 2012
Exploiting Animals: A Philosophical Protest AV Magazine, 2009
Facing the Animal You See in the Mirror Harvard Review of Philosophy, 200
Just Like All the Other Animals of the EarthHarvard Divinity Bulletin, 2008   

Published Commentaries

]Eternal Values, Evolving Values, and the Value of the Self.on Ian Morris’s Foragers, Farmers, and Fossil Fuels: How Human Values Evolve. Princeton, 2015.
Self-Constitution and Ironyon Jonathan Lear’s Irony and Identity. Harvard, 2011
Autonomy and the Second Person Withinon Steve Darwall’s The Second-Person Standpoint, Ethics, 2007
The Dependence of Value on Humanity on Joseph Raz’s’s The Practice of ValueOxford, 2003
Morality and the Logic of Caringon Harry Frankfurt’s’s Taking Ourselves Seriously and Getting it RightStanford, 2006
Morality and the Distinctness of Human Actionon Frans De Waal’s Primates and Philosophers, 2007
Commentary on Amartya Sen’s ‘Capability and Well-Being’ and Gerald Cohen’s ‘Equality of What? On Welfare, Goods, and Capabilitiesin The Quality of Life, Oxford, 1993.           

Miscellaneous Other Publications and Writings

RationalityCritical Terms for Animal Studies edited by Lori Grue
I watch, therefore I am: seven movies that teach us key philosophical lessonsThe Guardian, April 14, 2015 (my entry is pp. 2-3)
Reply to Barbara Fried in the symposium, Beyond BlameThe Boston Review, July 2013
Does Moral Action Depend on Reasoning?Templeton Big Questions Essay, 2010
What’s Wrong with Lying?(an undergraduate-level essay) Philosophical Inquiry: Classic and Contemporary Readings.  Hackett, 2007
Normativity, Necessity, and the Synthetic a priori: A Response to Derek ParfitUnpublished, for a conference at Rutgers in 2003
John Rawls A memorial for the Harvard Review of Philosophy, 2003
Introduction to Kant’s Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals.Cambridge, 1998 and 2012 (The link is to the 1998 version.)
Rawls and Kant:  On the Primacy of the Practical Proceedings of the 8th International Kant Congress, 1995
A Note on the Value of Gender Identification in Women, Culture, and Development: A Study of Human Capabilities. Oxford, 1995.
Two Kinds of Matter in Aristotle’s MetaphysicsUnpublished
The Standpoint of Practical Reason Dissertation, 1981. Published in the Garland Distinguished Harvard Dissertation Series, 1990.

Encyclopedia Articles

Theories of the Goodin The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy
Teleological Ethicsin The Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy.
Conscience in Philosophy of Education: An EncyclopediaGarland Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Education, 1996
Formalism in Philosophy of Education: An EncyclopediaGarland Encyclopedia of the Philosophy of Education, 1996
Immanuel Kantin The Garland Encyclopedia of Ethics,1992.
John Rawlsin The Garland Encyclopedia of Ethics,1992. Second edition version co-authored with Samuel Freeman
Richard Pricein The Garland Encyclopedia of Ethics,1992.


Reclaiming the History of Ethics: Essays for John Rawls
edited by Andrews Reath, Barbara Herman, and Christine M. Korsgaard. Cambridge University Press, 1997.


=The Status of Animals: A Philosophy Bites InterviewA Philosophy Bites Interview, originally recorded in 2014; this version published in Women of Ideas, edited by Suki Finn, Oxford, 2021
A Conversation with Andrea Staiti on The Sources of NormativityEthica and Politica, XXIII, 2021, pp.415-420
Interview by Emilian Mihailov on Animal Ethics
Interview with Michal Segal
Dehak Magazine, May, 2019
Interview by Richard Marshall for 3: am Magazine
Christine M. Korsgaard, by Julian BagginiInterview by Julian Baggini for The Philosopher’s Magazine, 2012
Interview for Sapere AudeThe Wooster Journal of Philosophical Inquiry, 2012
Interview by Katrien Schaubroeck for the Newsletter of the Institute of Philosophy in Leuven, 2009
Ethics at the Intersection of Kant and Aristotleby Ana Marta González for Anuario Filosofico, 200
Internalism and the Sources of Normativity: An Interview with Christine M. Korsgaard by Herlinde Pauer-Studer for Constructions of Practical Reason. Stanford, 2002

  1. Blog Posts
Ethics Retrospective: Discussion with Christine Korsgaard and Tamar Schapiro on Themes from Korsgaard’s “Aristotle and Kant on the Source of Value.”
Pea Soup, August 4-6, 2015
The Philosophical Necessity of Animal RightsProspect Magazine, July 4, 2018
Provisional Rights and the StatePhilosop-Her, October 17, 2014
Treated Like Animals: Uehiro Center Practical Ethics Blog, January 5, 2015

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