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.

Other topics on which he has worked extensively are rights and human rights, as well as bioethics.  Recent publications on the first theme include:

Recent publications on the second include:

But not everything belongs to a theme:

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.

Buchanan, A., and G. Sreenivasan. “Taking international legality seriously: A methodology for human rights.” In Human Rights: Moral or Political?, 211–29, 2018. Full Text

Sreenivasan, G. “Acts, agents, and the definition of virtue.” In Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics, 7:251–74, 2017. Full Text

Sreenivasan, G. “The situationist critique of virtue ethics.” In The Cambridge Companion to Virtue Ethics, edited by D. Russell, 290–314. Cambridge University Press, 2013. Full Text

Sreenivasan, G. “What is non-ideal theory?” In Transitional Justice, edited by M. Williams and J. Elster, 233–56. NOMOS LI and Oxford, 2012.

Sreenivasan, G. “Why Justice Requires Rationing in Health Care.” In Medicine and Social Justice: Essays on the Distribution of Health Care, 2012. Full Text

Sreenivasan, G. “Non-ideal Theory: A Taxonomy with Illustration.” In Global Justice and Bioethics, 135–52, 2012. Full Text

Sreenivasan, G. “Democracy and international law: A peril from the "public"?” In Moral Universalism and Pluralism, edited by H. S. Richardson and M. S. Williams, 240–50. New York University Pres, 2009.

Sreenivasan, G. “Global health and non-ideal justice.” In Cambridge Textbook of Bioethics, edited by P. Singer and A. Viens, 369–75. Cambridge, 2008.

Sreenivasan, G. “In defense of the hybrid theory.” In Law: Metaphysics, Meaning, and Objectivity, edited by E. Villanueva, 299–307. Rodopi, 2007.

Sreenivasan, Gopal. “What Is Adequate Understanding?The American Journal of Bioethics : Ajob 19, no. 5 (May 2019): 38–40. Full Text

Sreenivasan, G. “Emotions, Reasons, and Epistemology.” Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 97, no. 2 (September 1, 2018): 500–506. Full Text

Sreenivasan, Gopal. “Health care and human rights: against the split duty gambit.Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 37, no. 4 (August 2016): 343–64. Full Text

Sreenivasan, G. “A plea for moral deference.” Etica E Politica 17, no. 2 (January 1, 2015): 41–59.

Sreenivasan, Gopal. “HESC and equitable residues.The American Journal of Bioethics : Ajob 15, no. 3 (January 2015): 54–55. Full Text

Sreenivasan, G. “A plea for moral deference.” Ethics & Politics 27, no. 2 (2015): 41–59.

Sreenivasan, G. “Equality, opportunity, ambiguity.” Politics, Philosophy and Economics 13, no. 1 (February 1, 2014): 82–92. Full Text

Sreenivasan, G. “Justice, Inequality, and Health.” Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, 2014.

Sreenivasan, G. “A human right to health? Some inconclusive scepticism.” Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (Supplementary Volume), 2012, 239–65.

Sreenivasan, G. “Duties and Their Direction.” Ethics 120, no. 3 (April 2010): 465–94.