Chris W. Surprenant, Ph.D.

Assistant ProfessorSurprenant


Office: LA 387
Phone: 504-280-6818

Surprenant's Faculty Website
Surprenant is the founding director of the Alexis de Tocqueville Project on Law, Liberty, and Morality


Educational Background

Chris Surprenant received his B.A. from Colby College and his Ph.D. from Boston University. His areas of specialization are History of Philosophy (Ancient and Early Modern, especially Kant), Moral Philosophy, and Political Philosophy.

He is the author of numerous articles in the history of philosophy, moral philosophy, and political philosophy; the co-editor of Kant and Education: Interpretations and Commentary (Routledge 2011); and the author of Kant and the Cultivation of Virtue (forthcoming from Routledge in 2014).

Dr. Surprenant is the director of the Alexis de Tocqueville Project on Law, Liberty, and Morality, which examines enduring questions in Western moral and political thought.

In 2012, he was recognized by The Princeton Review as one of the "Top 300 Professors" in the United States.

Courses Taught

PHIL 1000: Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 1101: Introduction to Logic
PHIL 2215: Social & Political Philosophy
PHIL 2207: Philosophy of Law

PHIL 2311: History of Ancient & Medieval Philosophy


PHIL 3030: Individual Senior Seminar
PHIL 3201: Advanced Ethics
PHIL 3301: Philosophy of Plato
PHIL 4205: Environmental Ethics
PHIL 4215: Advanced Social & Political Philosophy