Christian Golden

Christian Golden has taught in Georgetown’s Department of Philosophy since 2007.

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He has taught a range of 100-level courses in ethics as well as general and introductory courses in philosophy. He is particularly fond and able to teach courses with a strong emphasis on human agency and philosophical ethics from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, embracing the ancient, analytic and post-Kantian European traditions. Christian believes that teaching is the privilege of being entrusted with another person’s intellectual and ethical development. He tries to honor it by fostering rigorous, inclusive dialogue in the classroom that promotes responsible self-cultivation and citizenship beyond an academic setting. And he tries to build this practice around the exercise of wonder, charity, clarity, humility and critical discipline. Christian’s research examines the normative and psychological conditions of commitment and personal integrity. His work brings together resources from social and political philosophy, ethics, moral psychology and the Existentialist tradition to address issues of agency arising in contemporary life. His chief interest is in exploring how our deep attachments to persons and ideals are to be conceived and lived out in light of the fact that their objects, and we ourselves, are robustly vulnerable to loss and transformation. His most recent efforts address these questions from the standpoint of reflection upon the erotic dimension of our active lives, with a special emphasis on the contributions of and implications for feminist thought and radical democratic theory and practice. Christian earned his B.A. in philosophy from the University of Virginia in 2003, having minored in religious studies. He earned his PhD in philosophy from Georgetown in 2012. His extracurricular passions include history, hiking, music and movies – particularly classic film noir, vintage horror and science fiction and cinematic schlock of every conceivable variety.