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Geoffrey Sayre-McCord
Morehead-Cain Alumni Distinguished Professor
201 Caldwell Hall
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Geoff Sayre-McCord has published extensively on moral theory, epistemology, and modern philosophy, and has edited Essays on Moral Realism and Hume: Moral Philosophy. (See the On-Line Papers link below for a some of the papers.)  Recently, his research has focused on the nature of normative concepts, on evolution and morality, and on Adam Smith's theory of moral sentiments.  His "A Moral Argument Against Moral Dilemmas," "Rational Agency and the Nature of Normative Concepts,""Skepticism About Moral Knowledge," "Desires... and Beliefs... Of One's Own," (with Michael Smith) and "Hume and Smith on Sympathy, Approbation, and Moral Judgment," are available in draft. Sayre-McCord gave "Sentiments and Spectators: Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Judgment" as the 2009 John Passmore Lecture at the Australian National University (an audio recording is available here).  Sayre-McCord is the Director of UNC's Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program and a Professorial Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh.

Publications (with some e-versions available) discussion of Metaethics (video) discussion of Evolution and Moral Theory (video)
Lecture on Evolution and Rational Agency  (video)
Lecture on Adam Smith's Moral Theory (video)
Lecture on The Nature of Normative Concepts (video)
The Philosopher's Zone interview on Moral Dilemmas (audio)

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