John M. Doris

John M. Doris

  • Peter L. Dyson Professor of Ethics in Organizations and Life

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Faculty Expertise

  • Moral Psychology
  • Ethics
  • Organizational Behavior
  • Leadership


Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management

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John M. Doris is the Peter L. Dyson Professor of Ethics in Organizations and Life at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management and professor at the Sage School of Philosophy at Cornell University. He works at the intersection of cognitive science, moral psychology, and philosophical ethics, and has authored or co-authored papers for such venues as Noûs, Philosophical Studies, Scientific American, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Cognition, Bioethics, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, Journal of Research in Personality, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and the Oxford Handbook of Contemporary Philosophy.

Doris has been awarded fellowships from Michigan's Institute for the Humanities; Princeton's University Center for Human Values; the National Humanities Center; the American Council of Learned Societies; the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences; and the National Endowment for the Humanities. He is a winner of the Society for Philosophy and Psychology's Stanton Prize for excellence in interdisciplinary research. Doris authored Lack of Character: Personality and Moral Behavior (Cambridge, 2002) and Talking to Our Selves: Reflection, Ignorance, and Agency (Oxford, 2015), and with his colleagues in the Moral Psychology Research Group wrote and edited The Moral Psychology Handbook (Oxford, 2010). He is currently working on a collection of his papers, Character Trouble: Undisciplined Essays on Moral Agency and Personality, for Oxford University Press and, with Manuel Vargas, is editing The Oxford Handbook of Moral Psychology.

Before joining the faculty at Cornell, Doris taught in the philosophy departments at the University of Michigan and the University of California, Santa Cruz, and in the Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology Program at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. His pedagogy has been recognized with awards at both the undergraduate and graduate level.

Recent Courses

  • NBA 5140/LAW 6392 - Ethics and Corporate Culture
  • AEM 3205 - Ethics in Business and Organizations
  • AEM 2030 - Sports as Society: The Science, Ethics, and Business of Sport

Academic Degrees

  • PhD University of Michigan, 1996
  • MA University of Michigan, 1990
  • BA Cornell University, 1986