Richard Joyce

Professor School of History, Philosophy, Political Science & International Relations


Teaching in 2017

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BA MA Auck

MA PhD Princeton


Richard joined the VUW department of philosophy in 2010. He worked previously at the University of Sheffield (UK), the ANU, and the University of Sydney, after gaining his PhD from Princeton in 1997. Much more information about him, including on-line papers, reviews of his books, etc., can be found on Richard's website.

Research areas

Richard works principally in metaethics, and particularly enjoys it with an empirical twist. He is interested in moral psychology, the emotions, the evolution of cooperation, evolutionary ethics, and philosophy of language.


The Myth of Morality (Cambridge University Press, 2001)

The Evolution of Morality (MIT Press, 2006)

A World Without Values: Essays on John Mackie's Moral Error Theory (co-edited with Simon Kirchin) (Springer Press 2010)