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Department of Philosophy


Christopher Tollefsen

Title: Professor
Department: Philosophy
College of Arts and Sciences
Office: Close-Hipp 526
Resources: Curriculum Vitae
Department of Philosophy
Christopher Tollefsen


I received my Ph.D. at Emory University in 1995. After spending a year here at UofSC as a visitor, and then a year teaching philosophy in Ejisu, Ghana, I returned permanently to UofSC in 1997. I have twice had year-long fellowships at the James Madison Program at Princeton University; I’ve also had a visiting fellowship at the Eudaimonia Institute at Wake Forest University.

Research Interests

I work broadly in ethics, in an area of natural law philosophy popularly called the "new" natural law theory.  My work spans the foundations of ethics, action theory, and various areas of practical ethics including medical ethics, the ethics of lying and truth-telling, and beginning and ending of life ethics. In 2024-25, I will be on sabbatical, finishing a book on the ethics of killing and beginning a new book project provisionally titled "The Neglected Goods: Work, Play and Aesthetic Experience."

Recent Publications

Articles - Some recent and forthcoming work includes:

Other work available at

Other work available at

Regularly Taught Courses 

I teach a variety of undergraduate classes as needed, including our Junior and Senior Seminars for Majors. Recent topics for those seminars have been the ethics of lying and truth-telling, and the nature of law.  Recent graduate seminars have focused on the work of Alasdair MacIntyre and Bernard Williams (2024) and natural law jurisprudence (2022)..

Blogs and Public Philophy

I have published a number of more popular essays over the last 13 years for the online journal Public Discourse which are available here.

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.