Christopher Roberson

I used to be a philosophy teacher. Currently I am a stay-at-home father.


My areas of research specialization are social and political philosophy, ethics (both theoretical and applied), and eighteenth-century philosophy.

My dissertation

My dissertation (completed back in 1996) focuses, in part, on the eighteenth-century anarchist philosopher William Godwin. For more information on Godwin, consult Dana Ward's William Godwin archive.

Follow this link to find a list of web sites that discuss anarchism.

Here is my dissertation abstract.

For the adventuresome (or people with a lot of time to kill), here is my dissertation, Godwin Revisited. This link takes you to the title page, acknowledgements, and so on.

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Other interests

Some of my other philosophical interests are:

  • Philosophy of law;
  • Action theory; and
  • Contemporary French philosophy.

  • Teaching

    At the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Roosevelt University, and Loyola University Chicago, I have taught a wide variety of courses including Introduction to Philosophy, Critical Reasoning, Biomedical Ethics, History of Modern Philosophy, and a first-year seminar in political theory.


    I grew up in and around Binghamton, New York. My father is Professor Emeritus of Geology at SUNY-Binghamton; my mother was a social worker until she retired in 1991.

    I received a B.A. in philosophy from Yale University, and completed the Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Michigan in 1996.

    I have been married since 1991 to my wife Tania, who is a pension actuary. We have two sons.

    My brother Matthew is an accomplished fiction writer in addition to having received a Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee. Buy a copy of his first novel!

    Say, want to read a poem by Charles Baudelaire? I translated it myself.

    Along the same lines, here are some thoughts on coping with depression.

       One day it was announced by Master Joshu that the young monk Kyogen had reached an enlightened state.
    Much impressed by this news, several of his peers went to speak with him.
       "We have heard that you are enlightened. Is this true?" his fellow students inquired.
       "It is," Kyogen answered.
       "Tell us," said a friend, "how do you feel?"
       "As miserable as ever," replied the enlightened Kyogen.

    Some other sites

  • Tea and Sympathy: My tea page
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Tea (the FAQ for
  • Any comments? Let me know!

    Check out this Internet magazine. I'm a contributor.

    The High Hat


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