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Morehead-Cain Alumni Distinguished Professor
Director, UNC Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program
201 Caldwell Hall
(919) 627-1403 (phone)

Sayre-McCord is the Director of UNC’s Philosophy, Politics, & Economics Program. He is also the Founding Director of the Philosophy, Politics and Economics Society, an international scholarly society for those interested in the issues that arise at the intersection of the three disciplines in the Society’s name.

Sayre-McCord was a Professorial Fellow in Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh from 2013 until 2016 and is now a Regular Distinguished Visiting Professor there. He was on leave for the 2015-16 academic year at the Center for Human Values at Princeton University, where he was the Laurance S. Rockefeller Visiting Professor for Distinguished Teaching.

Sayre-McCord CV

Geoff Sayre-McCord has published extensively on moral theory, epistemology, and modern philosophy, and has edited Essays on Moral RealismHume: Moral Philosophy. and Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (with Jonathan Anomaly, Geoff Brennan, and Michael Munger).

Recently, Sayre-McCord’s research has focused on the nature of normative concepts.  His work in progress on this topic are available in draft:

Pre-publication versions of the following recent papers are also ar available:

Sayre-McCord teaches Virtue, Value, and Happiness almost every year. He also teaches a range of undergraduate and graduate courses in moral theory, metaethics, and the history of moral philosophy, along with the PPE Gateway course and the PPE Capstone course.  With Patrick Conway (from the Economics Department) and Kristin Wilson (from the Kenan Flagler School of Business) he has developed a new course on the differences between, and connections among, the value of something and its price: Prices and Values.

Sayre-McCord received the 2019 Philip L. Quinn Prize from the American Philosophical Association, for “service to philosophy and philosophers, broadly construed.” He has won several Tanner awards for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching at UNC. He won the University of North Carolina’s Board of Governors’ Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2022. In 2023 he was presented with UNC’s  Thomas Jefferson Award for “that member of the academic community who through personal influence and performance of duty in teaching, writing, and scholarship has best exemplified the ideals and objectives of Thomas Jefferson,”

A list of publications (with some e-versions)

Some on-line lectures and interviews: