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. “Opportunity is not the key.” American Journal of Bioethics 1, no. 2 (January 1, 2001). Full Text

Sreenivasan, G. “Understanding alien morals.” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 62, no. 1 (January 2001): 1–32.

Sreenivasan, G. “Judicial review and individual self-rule.” Teoría Jurídica 2 (2001): 1–13.

Sreenivasan, G. “What is the general will?Philosophical Review 109, no. 4 (October 2000): 545–81. Full Text

Sreenivasan, G. “Interpretation and reason.” Philosophy and Public Affairs 27, no. 2 (1998): 142–71. Full Text

SREENIVASAN, G. “BETWEEN UNIVERSALISM AND SCEPTICISM - ETHICS AS SOCIAL ARTEFACT - PHILIPS,M.” The Philosophical Quarterly 46, no. 183 (April 1996): 260–61. Full Text