Crisp, Professor Roger


Roger Crisp

Uehiro Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy
Professor of Moral Philosophy, Faculty of Philosophy

Academic background

BPhil. 1983; MA (Literae Humaniores) 1985; DPhil. 1988


Prof. Roger Crisp was in the first male cohort at St Anne’s in 1979, admitted to read Lit. Hum. After a BPhil. and DPhil. in Philosophy, he was appointed to a College Fellowship in 1991. He was Findlay Visiting Professor at Boston University in 2010-11. Roger is currently a Professorial Fellow at the Dianoia Institute of Philosophy, Australian Catholic University. He chairs the management committee of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, and has close links with colleagues in Japan.


Undergraduate: Moral and Political Philosophy. Ancient Philosophy. Philosophy of Religion.

Graduate: Moral Philosophy. (BPhil., DPhil.)

Course Highlights

St Anne’s Classical Society

St Anne’s has an Ethics Scholarship for graduates

The Philosophy Faculty and its library are just over the road

Research interests

Moral Philosophy, including History of Philosophy, Metaethics, Normative Ethics, and Practical Ethics.

Recent Publications

Mill on Utilitarianism (1997). Reasons and the Good (2006). The Cosmos of Duty: Henry Sidgwick’s Methods of Ethics (2015). Sacrifice Regained: Morality and Self-interest in British Moral Philosophy from Hobbes to Bentham (2019).


This is Professor Crisp defending Aristotle in a balloon debate at Blackwell’s:

 And here’s a podcast on ethics and the virtues: