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Christa Johnson

Visiting Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Philosophy


Email: Christa Johnson


  • Ph.D., Philosophy, The Ohio State University
  • B.A., Philosophy and Psychology, Ursinus College


Christa Johnson specializes in Normative Ethics and Moral Psychology. In normative ethics, her primary interest is in nonconsequentialist ethical theory and its connection with rationality, intuition, and sentiment. Her work has focused primarily on the puzzles surrounding deontological constraints. In moral psychology, she has written on weakness of will and is currently focused on questions surrounding one’s moral responsibility for their emotions, both felt and unfelt.

In addition to teaching in the Philosophy Department, Johnson is working with the Ethics and Leadership Initiative to develop an Undergraduate Certificate. The Certificate will combine curricular and co-curricular experiences geared towards helping students to develop, refine, and articulate their values, as well as cultivate the courage to act according to those values. Students will learn to be allies in their communities, and, in their own lives and professions, lead by an example of putting ethical considerations first, especially when their positions may clash with the actions of their peers or those in positions of power.

Selected Publications

"Leaving Agent-Relative Value Behind” Utilitas 1-15. forthcoming.

"Resolutions, salient reasons, and weakness of will” Synthese 1-24. forthcoming.

"How Deontologists Can Be Moderate” Journal of Value Inquiry 54 (2): 227-243. 2020.

"The Intrapersonal Paradox of Deontology” Journal of Moral Philosophy 16 (3): 279-301. 2019.