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John M. Doris

Professor of Philosophy, Peter L. Dyson Professor of Ethics in Organizations and Life, Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

John M. Doris

Educational Background

Ph. D., Philosophy.  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1996.

M. A., Philosophy.  University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

B. A., Philosophy. Cornell University.  With Distinction in All Subjects.


John M. Doris is the Peter L. Dyson Professor of Ethics in Organizations and Life at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management, as well as Professor in the Sage School of Philosophy, at Cornell University.

He works at the intersection of cognitive science, moral psychology, and philosophical ethics, and has authored or co-authored papers for such venues as Noûs, Philosophical Studies, Scientific American, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Cognition, Bioethics, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Journal of Research in Personality, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy.

Doris has been awarded fellowships from Michigan’s Institute for the Humanities; Princeton’s University Center for Human Values; the National Humanities Center; the American Council of Learned Societies; the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences; and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is a winner of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology’s Stanton Prize for excellence in interdisciplinary research.  Doris authored Lack of Character: Personality and Moral Behavior (Cambridge, 2002) and Talking to Our Selves: Reflection, Ignorance, and Agency (Oxford, 2015), and with his colleagues in the Moral Psychology Research Group wrote and edited The Moral Psychology Handbook (Oxford, 2010).  He is currently working on a collection of his papers, Character Trouble: Undisciplined Essays on Moral Agency and Personality, for Oxford University Press and, with Manuel Vargas, is editing The Oxford Handbook of Moral Psychology.  

Before joining the faculty at Cornell, Doris taught in the Philosophy Departments at the University of Michigan and the University of California, Santa Cruz, and the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program at Washington University in St. Louis. His pedagogy has been recognized with awards at both the undergraduate and graduate level.


  • Philosophy

Graduate Fields

  • Philosophy