Mark Schroeder

Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Recognition Award

Professor of Philosophy
USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

BOOK COLLECTION: Explanation and Expression in Ethics
(Oxford University Press, 2014–2015)

Mark Schroeder’s two-volume collection, Explanation and Expression in Ethics, stands as an important and original work in moral theory and in cognate topics. Its power consists in the connections it evokes and articulates among issues in moral philosophy, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of mind—ideas that are not commonly investigated together. Split into volumes subtitled Explaining the Reasons We Share and Expressing Our Attitudes, the collection deftly conveys remarkable and penetrating insights gleaned from years of vigorous research and reflection.

Professor Schroeder’s collection weaves together various strands of modern philosophical discourses. The individual essays each provide a unique intellectual viewpoint while collectively combining into a full, cohesive argument. Significantly, his work strongly suggests that these inquiries are historically continuous with other areas of philosophy. This approach stems from his wide range of philosophical interests that touch on aspects of metaethics, including epistemology, metaphysics, and practical reason.

A leading figure in contemporary metaethics, Professor Schroeder is known for cutting-edge scholarship that his peers have praised as “unmatched in its clarity, incisiveness, originality, creativity, and depth.” His numerous articles have garnered a series of awards, mirroring the considerable recognition of his renowned pedagogy and overall contributions as an educator. In his distinguished career, he has received a Mellon Mentoring Award, as well as a Senior Raubenheimer Award—the Dornsife College’s highest faculty honor for scholarship, teaching, and service.

For his far-ranging collection that explores moral thought from a variety of perspectives, and his substantial impact on the study of contemporary ethics, Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to present its Faculty Recognition Award to Mark Schroeder.