Gopal Sreenivasan

Gopal Sreenivasan

Crown University Distinguished Professor in Ethics

Contact Information
207 West Duke Building, Durham, NC 27708
Duke Box 90743, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 660-3069


Gopal Sreenivasan (Ph.D. 1993, UC Berkeley) joined the Duke faculty in 2008.  His primary research interests are in moral and political philosophy. 

Sreenivasan's book Emotion and virtue (2020) appears in November from Princeton University Press. It makes original contributions in both moral psychology and the theory of virtue.

In addition to these topics, he has worked extensively on rights and human rights, where his recent publications include:

He has also worked extensively in bioethics, where his recent publications include:

In 2020-21, Sreenivasan is on sabbatical in Oxford, where he is a visiting fellow at All Souls College.


"What is courage?"  Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University. 2019.
"Should virtue be taught?"  Character Project Conference, Wake Forest University. 2015.

Paper links on this page connect to page proofs.  For published versions of articles, see my curriculum vitae, although those links may require a subscription.

Sreenivasan, G. “A hybrid theory of claim-rights.” Oxford Journal of Legal Studies 25, no. 2 (June 1, 2005): 257–74. Full Text

Sreenivasan, G. “Does the gats undermine democratic control over health?Journal of Ethics 9, no. 1–2 (January 1, 2005): 269–81. Full Text

Sreenivasan, Gopal. “Informed consent and the therapeutic misconception: clarifying the challenge.The Journal of Clinical Ethics 16, no. 4 (January 2005): 369–71.

Belsky, Leah, Reidar Lie, Aaditya Mattoo, Ezekiel J. Emanuel, and Gopal Sreenivasan. “The general agreement on trade in services: implications for health policymakers.Health Affairs (Project Hope) 23, no. 3 (May 2004): 137–45. Full Text

Sreenivasan, Gopal. “Does informed consent to research require comprehension?Lancet 362, no. 9400 (December 13, 2003): 2016–18. Full Text

Astor, Avraham, and Gopal Sreenivasan. “Providing free care to the uninsured: how much should physicians give?Annals of Internal Medicine 139, no. 9 (November 2003): W78. Full Text

Sreenivasan, G. “Errors about errors: Virtues theory and trait attribution.” Mind 111, no. 441 (January 2002): 47–68. Full Text

Sreenivasan, Gopal. “International justice and health: a proposal.Ethics Int Aff 16, no. 2 (2002): 81–90. Full Text

Sreenivasan, G. “A Proliferation of Liberties.” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 63, no. 1 (July 2001): 229–37. Full Text