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Christopher Arroyo, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy

Office: Siena Hall 111
Tel.: 401-865-2235
Office Hours (Fall 2012):
Mondays, 1-3pm

Curriculum Vitae (pdf)



  • Ph.D. in philosophy (February 2007), Fordham University
    Dissertation: Kant and Husserl on Moral Obligation and Emotion (Director: John J. Drummond)
  • M.Phil. in philosophy (May 2004), Fordham University
  • M.A. in philosophy (February 2002), Fordham University
  • B.A. in philosophy and psychology (May 1999), Saint John’s University

Areas of Specialization:

  • Kant’s moral philosophy; practical/applied ethics (especially as it related to Catholic ethics)

Areas of Competency: 

  • History of philosophy (especially 16th-18th century); moral phenomenology

Professional Positions:

  • Associate Professor of Philosophy, Providence College, July 2010-present
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Providence College, Fall 2007-July 2010
  • Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Dominican College, Fall 2006-Spring 2007

Academic Awards and Fellowships

  • Early Career Scholar Award at the Annual Meeting for the Association for Practical and
  • Professional Ethics (APPE) for “Same-sex Marriage, Homosexual Desire, and the Capacity to Love,” March 2011.
  • Ford Foundation Dissertation Diversity Fellowship, 2005-2006.
  • DAAD Graduate Research Grant, Husserl Archives, University of Köln, Fall 2005.

Courses Taught at Providence College:

  • HON 201, 202: Honors Development of Western Civilization
  • HON 302: Honors Studies in Ethics
  • DWC 201, 202: Development of Western Civilization II
  • “Aquinas and Contemporary Approaches to the Problem of Evil,” Independent Study
  • “Ethics in Education,” Independent Study
  • PHL 103: Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHL 202: General Ethics
  • PHL 304: Current Problems in Ethics
  • PHL 360: Early Modern Philosophy
  • PHL 422: Contemporary Existentialism 

Works in Progress

  • Kantian Ethics and Same-sex Marriage, book manuscript in preparation for Springer Press.
  • “Kant on the Emotion of Love,” under review.
  • “Kant on Moral Obligation: A Reply to Anscombe,” being revised for submission.
  • “Aquinas, Petitionary Prayer, and Active Euthanasia,” in progress. 

Select Publications

  • “Same-Sex Marriage, ‘Homosexual Desire,’ and the Capacity to Love,” International Journal of Applied Philosophy, Vol. 25, no. 2 (Fall 2011): pp. 171-186.
  • “Freedom and the Source of Value: Korsgaard and Wood on Kant’s Formula of Humanity,” Metaphilosophy Vol 42 no. 4 (2011): pp. 353-359.
  • “The Role of Feelings in Husserl’s Ethics,” Idealistic Studies, vol. 39 issue 1-3 (2009): pp. 11-22.
  • “Humean and Kantian Influences in Husserl’s Ethics,” Philosophy Today, Volume 50 (Supplement 2006): 57-74.
  • “Unselfish Salvation: Levinas, Kierkegaard, and the Place of Self-fulfillment in Ethics,” Faith and Philosophy, 22.2 (2005): 160-172.
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