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Colin  Heydt

Colin Heydt

Colin Heydt
Associate Professor


Office: FAO 245



Ph.D. Boston University, 2003. Joined the Philosophy Department at USF in 2005. His research focuses on the history of ethics and political philosophy. Heydt is the author of Rethinking Mill's Ethics: Character and Aesthetic Education (Continuum, 2006) as well as chapters in edited collections and articles published in Journal of the History of Philosophy, Journal of the History of Ideas, British Journal for the History of Philosophy, History of European Ideas, History of Philosophy Quarterly, and Hume Studies. He has been the recipient of fellowships from ACLS, NEH, the Institute for Advanced Study (School of Historical Studies), the Howard Foundation, and the USF Humanities Institute. During the 2015-16 academic year, he will be on research leave supported by an NEH Faculty Fellowship.

He is currently working on a book—Practical Ethics in Eighteenth Century Britain. Histories of eighteenth century British moral philosophy have focused on debates concerning the nature and ground of moral judgment, will, and value—debates that British moralists like Hutcheson, Hume, and Reid would have included under the “theory of morals.” But this leaves out the other half of moral philosophy, namely, “practical ethics,” which both presented systems of duties, virtues, or rights in order to direct the conscience “in the general conduct of human life,” and claimed to cultivate the mind’s moral capacities. This will be the first book-length study that examines eighteenth century practical ethics. The book’s principal goal is to identify the conventional positions on both the content and point of philosophical morality.