Christopher Frugé

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Before joining St John's in October 2023, I was a Departmental Lecturer in the Faculty of Philosophy and Hertford College. I received my PhD from Rutgers University in May 2023. 


Against Instantiation. Australasian Journal of Philosophy. Forthcoming. (
Janus-Faced Grounding. Ergo. Forthcoming. (
Aggregating Personal Value. Oxford Studies in Metaethics 19. Forthcoming. (
Structuring Wellbeing. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 105(3):  564-580. 2022. (
Permanent Value. Journal of the American Philosophical Association 8(2): 356-372. 2022. (
Artifactual Normativity. Synthese 200(126): 1-19. 2022. (

I'm interested in how we can create genuinely new aspects of reality, with an eye toward implications for value and death. I’m developing a subjectivist account of wellbeing that treats personal value as a genuinely real artefact, where this allows us to create value for ourselves that persists posthumously. I aim to eventually expand this artifactual approach to an account of self-regarding and other-regarding reasons. As a framework for this conception of normativity, I am developing a metaphysics of dependence and properties that can capture how we can create both concrete and abstract artefacts, including normative ones. 

I teach in many areas of philosophy, including metaethics, metaphysics, ethics, social philosophy, logic, and early modern.