Professor of Philosophy
Dr. Christine McKinnon received her B.A. (Hons.) in Philosophy from
McGill University and her B.Phil. and D.Phil. in Philosophy from Oxford
University. She held teaching positions at the University of Calgary and
the University of Toronto before coming to Trent University in 1989.
Trent she has served as Chair of Trent’s Philosophy Department
(1999-2002 and 2004-06), Acting Dean of Arts & Science (2002-03),
Dean of Arts & Science (2006-08), Vice President Academic and Dean
of Arts & Science (2008-09), and Acting Provost and Vice President
Prof. McKinnon has taught a wide
range of undergraduate courses in the Philosophy Department, but
especially enjoys teaching Introductory Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind,
and Symbolic Logic. Her current research interests lie in moral
philosophy (especially virtue ethics), virtue epistemologies, and the
interfaces between philosophy of mind and moral philosophy.
1999 her book, Character, Virtue Theories, and the Vices, was published
with Broadview Press. She has also published several articles on moral
and intellectual virtues and vices and on character possession and human
flourishing. Other publications include, “Hypocrisy and the Good of
Character Possession” in Dialogue XLI 2002; “Desire-frustration and
moral sympathy” in The Australasian Journal of Philosophy Vol.80 No.4
December 2002; “Knowing Cognitive Selves” in Intellectual Virtue:
Perspectives from Ethics and Epistemology, eds. Michael DePaul and Linda
Zagzebski (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003); "Character
Possession and Human Flourishing" in Character Psychology and Character
Education, eds. Dan Lapsley and Clark Power (Notre Dame: University of
Notre Dame Press, 2005); "Hypocrisy, Cheating, and Character Possession"
in Journal of Value Inquiry Vol.39 No.4 2005; “Agent Reliabilism,
Subjective Justification, and Epistemic Credit" in The Southern Journal
of Philosophy Vol.XLIV No.3 2006; "Varieties of Insincerity" in International Journal of Applied Ethics Vol.20 No.1 2006; and a Critical
Notice of Luck, Value, and Commitment: Themes from the Ethics of
Bernard Williams eds. Heuer and Lang in Analysis June 2013.