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Christopher A. Dustin



Philosophy Department

Ph.D., Yale University

Fields: Ancient Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Environmental Philosophy, Philosophy of Art and Architecture

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Office Phone: 508-793-3396
Office: Smith 504
PO Box: 40A
Office Hours: by appointment

Christopher A. Dustin received his Ph.D. in Philosophy from Yale, with a dissertation on Ethics and Objectivity under Jonathan Lear. While a graduate student, he was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study Phenomenology in Paris. He has taught philosophy at Holy Cross since 1991, chaired the Philosophy department from 2000-2007 and 2015-present, directed the First-Year Program, and served as director of the Natural World and Core Human Questions clusters of Montserrat. A recipient of the Holy Cross Distinguished Teaching Award, Professor Dustin teaches a wide range of courses, including Philosophy of Art, Ethics and the Natural World, Philosophy and Tragedy, America’s Philosophical Vision, The Problem of Pain, and seminars on Plato, Aristotle, Heidegger, and Thoreau. Professor Dustin has lectured and published on Plato, Aristotle, Kierkegaard, Heidegger, and Thoreau, and on topics at the intersection of ethics, aesthetics, and the philosophy of religion. His publications include Practicing Mortality: Art, Philosophy, and Contemplative Seeing (co-authored with Joanna Ziegler), Socratic Philosophy and its Others (co-edited with Denise Schaeffer), and numerous essays and articles. Prof. Dustin’s current research projects include “Thoreau’s Reflective Vision” and a book tentatively entitled Free Speech and Noble Lies, which examines the use of “indirect” discourse by philosophers such as Plato, Kierkegaard, and Thoreau. This theme – of how to say the unsayable—runs throughout his work as a teacher and scholar.