Michael Zhao

About Me

I'm an assistant professor in the philosophy department at Notre Dame.

I work mainly in ethics, though I have interests in ancient Chinese philosophy, social and political philosophy, and decision theory as well. Much of my work concerns the nature of the moral emotions, the normative significance of moral anti-realism, and meaning in life.

My favorite philosophers are Aristotle, Xunzi, Hume, Nietzsche, and Williams.

I received my PhD from NYU in 2018, and was an undergraduate in philosophy at Princeton.

Here is my CV. My e-mail is mike.zhao@nd.edu.


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People who I'm not

In naming me, my parents decided to conjoin one of the world's most common given names with one of the world's most common surnames. As a result, there are lots of people not identical to me who share my name, many of whom have a larger internet presence than I do. Here's a (non-comprehensive) list of people who I'm not: