I'm an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Miami. I received my PhD from Princeton University in 2012.

My primary research interests concern the defense and development of consequentialist moral theory. I have significant research interests in applied ethics (especially pandemic ethics and effective altruism) and metaethics (advancing non-naturalist normative realism). I also enjoy thinking — and blogging — about topics in metaphysics and epistemology, from peer disagreement to p-zombies.

I am the author of Parfit's Ethics, published by Cambridge University Press, and numerous articles in journals including Noûs, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, and the Australasian Journal of Philosophy. I co-authored (with Peter Singer) an op-ed on pandemic ethics for the Washington Post, and serve as lead editor for the open-access textbook, An Introduction to Utilitarianism.

My wife, Helen Yetter-Chappell, works in philosophy of mind and metaphysics, also at the University of Miami. (Check out her book on Idealism!)

How to alphabetize my name in citations

With apologies for any confusion this may cause, Helen and I differ in how we alphabetize for professional purposes. When citing our papers, please alphabetize our names as follows:

Chappell, Richard Yetter.

Yetter-Chappell, Helen.