Michael Cholbi


  • Philosophy
  • School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences

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Room 6.05, Dugald Stewart Building

3 Charles Street, Edinburgh
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Michael Cholbi is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Edinburgh. He has published widely in ethical theory, practical ethics, and the philosophy of death and dying. His books include Suicide: The Philosophical Dimensions (Broadview, 2011), Understanding Kant’s Ethics (Cambridge University Press, 2016), and Grief: A Philosophical Guide (Princeton University Press, expected 2021). He is the editor of several scholarly collections, including Immortality and the Philosophy of Death (Rowman and Littlefield, 2015); Procreation, Parenthood, and Educational Rights (Routledge, 2017); The Future of Work, Technology, and Basic Income (Routledge, 2019); and The Movement for Black Lives: Philosophical Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 2020). He is the the co-editor of the textbook Exploring the Philosophy of Death and Dying: Classic and Contemporary Perspectives (Routledge, forthcoming 2020).  His work has also appeared in a number of scholarly journals, including Ethics, Mind, Philosophical Studies, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and Oxford Studies in Normative Ethics. In recent years, he has been an acdemic visitor at Australian National University, the University of Turku (Finland), and the Hastings Center - Bioethics Research Insitute.

His current research interests are

  • Kantian ethics, particularly respect for persons, equality, and rational agency
  • death and dying, including suicide and assisted dying, immortality, and grief
  • ethics of work and labor
  • paternalism
  • procreative and parental ethics


Ph.D, University of Virginia, 1999 [President's Fellow and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Fellow]

Responsibilities & affiliations

  • Founder,  International Association for the Philosophy of Death and Dying
  • Editorial board, Journal of Applied Philosophy
  • Board of advisors, Social Theory and Practice
  • Area editor (Ethics), Ergo
  • International advisory board, Journal of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh
  • Former editor, Teaching Philosophy
  • Multiple roles within the American Philosophical Association, including Divisional Executive Committe Member, the Committe on Teaching Philosophy, and the Committee on Public Philosophy

Open to PhD supervision enquiries?


Areas of interest for supervision

Professor Cholbi is happy to supervise students interested in any area of his research.

Current PhD students supervised

Research summary

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Professor Cholbi's personal website: https://michael.cholbi.com/