School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

Dr Matthew Chrisman

Photograph of Dr Matthew Chrisman
Head of Philosophy
0131 650 3648
5.11 (DSB)
Research Interests
Ethical Theory, Philosophy of Language and Epistemology

Matthew Chrisman (PhD UNC-Chapel Hill) is a Reader in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. His research is focused on ethical theory, political philosophy, the philosophy of language, and epistemology. He has published widely in these areas, including books with Oxford University Press and Routledge and articles in the Journal of Philosophy, the Australasian Journal of Philosophy, Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Philosophers' Imprint and Philosophical Studies.

Curriculum Vitae


Matthew's monograph The Meaning of 'Ought': Beyond Descriptivism and Expressivism in Metaethics was published by Oxford University Press in 2016.


Here is a short video explaining one of Matthew's current research project:

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You can find links to Matthew's publications in one of the following three places:



Matthew routinely teaches the following courses at the University of Edinburgh:

  • Morality and Value (lectures on the Status of Morality, Why Be Moral, Kantianism, Contractualism, Virtue Ethics)
  • Meta-Ethics
  • Advanced Philosophical Method (MSc)
  • Further Topics in Meta-Ethics (MSc)
  • Philosophy of Action
  • Environmental Ethics



Matthew is also part of the team developing the Introduction to Philosophy (Massive Open Online Course):

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and the associated textbook Philosophy for Everyone, edited with Duncan Pritchard, Routledge (2014):

Philosophy for Everyone


Other Pedagogical Resources

'Deontic ModalsRoutledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy (forthcoming).
'Epistemic ExpressivismPhilosophy Compass (2012).
'Ethical Expressivism' in The Continuum Companion to Ethics, Christian Miller, ed. Continuum (2011).
'Using Big Words to Explain Little Words' in Think 29, Vol. 10 (Autumn 2011).
'Emotivism' in The International Encyclopedia of Ethics, Hugh LaFollette, ed. (2013).




Student Consultation Hours:

Thursday 2-3pm during term time
(or by appointment)