Ryan Preston-Roedder

Ryan Preston-Roedder

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Visiting Assistant Professor 2016-2017

Hosted by the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy


Ryan Preston-Roedder is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Philosophy at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. His research areas of specialization are: Moral and Political Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion. His areas of competence are: Medical Ethics, Philosophy and Literature.

In 2000, Preston-Roedder earned a B.A in Philosophy (summa cum laude) from Rice University. He holds a Ph.D. in Philosophy (2007) from New York University, where he was a Henry Mitchell MacCracken Fellow. His dissertation was titled "Civic Trust: On the Foundations of Moral Rights".

Preston-Roedder is also the recipient of fellowships from the New York Institute of Philosophy Science and Religion Project (2006–07) and from the Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University (2007–08).

In 2008, Preston-Roedder joined the faculty at UNC Chapel Hill, where he was honored with a 2010 Junior Faculty Development Award by the Office of the Provost. In 2014, he was awarded a “Faith in Humanity” Research Award by the Templeton Foundation Project on the Nature and Value of Faith.

As an MIT MLK Visiting Assistant Professor, Preston-Roedder will be hosted by the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy.



“A Better World,” Philosophical Studies 168 (2014): 629-644

“Faith in Humanity,” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 87 (2013): 664-687. Awarded 2014 APA Article Prize Honorable Mention.


Kant’s Ethics and the Problems of Self-Deception

Grief and Recovery

Civic Trust


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