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Richard Yetter Chappell



I am a lecturer in Philosophy at the University of York. Prior to coming to York, I received my PhD from Princeton University (2012), where I wrote a dissertation on Consequentialism and Fittingness. I held a postdoc in medical ethics at the University of Pennsylvania in 2012-13, and from 2013-14 was an assistant professor in Philosophy at Bowling Green.

I have published articles in journals including Noûs, Philosophical Quarterly, and Philosophical Studies, and was (co-)awarded the RoME 2013 Young Ethicist Prize.



My primary research interests are in Consequentialism and non-naturalist normative realism. Secondary interests - typically explored on my blog - span from applied ethics (eg the harm of death, duties of beneficence, and resource allocation) to epistemology (eg peer disagreement, higher-order evidence, and the a priori) to metaphysics (eg p-zombies, anti-haecceitism, personal identity, and the nature of time).

External activities

Invited talks and conferences

  • “A Non-Natural Reason by Any Other Name...” Australasian Association of Philosophy Conference, July 2014
  • “Satisficing by Effort: From Scalar to Satisficing Consequentialism” Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress, August 2013
  • “Consequentialism and Value Receptacles” University of Cambridge, February 2012
  • “Consequentialist Agents: The Fitting and the Fortunate” University of St. Andrews, February 2012, Washington University St. Louis, January 2011
  • “What’s Fit for the Fallible” Bowling Green State University, January 2012
  • “Moral Primitives: Fitting Attitudes for Consequentialists” Australian National University, August 2010
  • “Value Holism” University of Canterbury Philosophy Discussion Retreat, July 2010
  • Comments on Erica Roedder’s ‘Epistemology and Implicit Racial Bias’ Princeton University Moral Psychology Conference, November 2008

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Dr Richard Yetter Chappell

Tel: 01904 324169