Christoph Schmidt-Petri

I am a "Wissenschaftlicher Mitarbeiter" (non-tenured lecturer) at the Chair for Practical Philosophy at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). Before coming here, I have held temporary appointments at various universities including Witten/Herdecke, Glasgow and Regensburg. I teach and do research in ethics, philosophy of the social sciences, and related areas.


My doctoral dissertation at LSE was on John Stuart Mill. It most prominently discussed Mill's distinction between higher and lower pleasures. I defended Mill (and common sense) against some arguably extravagant claims about what a good life would be like.

I currently work on luck egalitarianism and its relation to health and related topics such as organ donations.


I have published papers in journals such as The Philosophical Quarterly, Philosophy of Science, The Journal of Value Inquiry and the Zeitschrift für philosophische Forschung.


Two opinion pieces on recent German legislation on organ donations have been published in the German national paper Süddeutsche Zeitung (with Franz Himpsl).

I am also involved in a new edition of Mill's works in German. With Michael Schefczyk I will be editing three volumes (of six), two of which have now been published with Murmann Publishers. One of them includes a new translation of Utilitarianism by myself.


A big chunk of my time goes into teaching and examining. In the last few years I have taught courses on causality, logic, metaethics, the history of moral philosophy, paternalism, introductory political philosophy, equality, the philosophy of social science, basic income, global justice, advanced moral theory; half of these at graduate level.