Christopher received both his B.A. and his Ph.D in Philosophy from Yale University. He has taught at Holy Cross since 1991and was promoted to the rank of Professor in 2009. He has lectured and written on topics at the intersection of ethics, aesthetics, philosophy of nature and religion. His publications include Practicing Mortality: Art, Philosophy, and Contemplative Seeing (co-authored Joanna Ziegler), Socratic Philosophy and its Others (co-edited with Denise Schaeffer), and numerous essays and articles. A recipient of both the Holy Cross Distinguished Teaching Award and the Arthur J. O’Leary Faculty Recognition Award, he has taught a wide range of courses, including seminars on Plato, Aristotle, Hegel, Heidegger, Thoreau and “The Problem of Pain.” His other courses include Philosophy of Art, Philosophy of Architecture, Foundations of Ethics, Ethics and the Natural World, Phenomenology, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, and Classicism in Art and Thought. He has a particular enthusiasm for collaborative teaching, and has taught regularly in Montserrat.
In addition to serving three terms as Chair of the Philosophy Department, he has directed the Natural World and Core Human Questions clusters of Montserrat. He has also served on numerous college committees, including the Committee on the Curriculum, the Committee on Faculty Scholarship, the Committee on Tenure and Promotion, the Committee on Faculty Affairs, the Mission and Identity Committee, the Finance and Planning Council, and special committees on Common Requirements and the Evaluation of Teaching.