Skip to main content

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

Chauncey Stillman Distinguished Professor of Practical Ethics
Philosophy
Duke Box 90743, Durham, NC 27708-0743
Duke University Box 90432, 203B West Duke Bldg, Durham, NC 27708

Selected Grants


Building empathy for listening, learning, and depolarization in the US and Brazil

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Templeton World Charity Foundation · 2024 - 2026

Making Moral AI

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by OpenAI LP · 2022 - 2025

The Evolution of Comity: An Interdiscilinary Exploration of the Nature, Developmental Origins and Future of Shared Humanity

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by John Templeton Foundation · 2022 - 2025

Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Templeton World Charity Foundation · 2020 - 2024

The Development of Intellectual Humility (Pilot Grants)

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by John Templeton Foundation · 2021 - 2022

Building empathy for listening, learning, and depolarization in the US and Brazil

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Templeton World Charity Foundation · 2024 - 2026

Making Moral AI

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by OpenAI LP · 2022 - 2025

The Evolution of Comity: An Interdiscilinary Exploration of the Nature, Developmental Origins and Future of Shared Humanity

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by John Templeton Foundation · 2022 - 2025

Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Templeton World Charity Foundation · 2020 - 2024

The Development of Intellectual Humility (Pilot Grants)

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by John Templeton Foundation · 2021 - 2022

How Stories Inspire Virtuous Behavior

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Yale University · 2019 - 2022

The Development of Intellectual Humility (Virtual Research Network)

ConferencePrincipal Investigator · Awarded by John Templeton Foundation · 2021 - 2021

Book Funding: "Free Will? Questions and Answers from Neuroscientists and Philosophers"

ResearchPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by Chapman University · 2019 - 2020

Summer Seminars in Neuroscience and Philosophy (SSNAP)

ConferencePrincipal Investigator · Awarded by John Templeton Foundation · 2016 - 2020

How to Build Ethics into Robust Artificial Intelligence

ResearchCo-Principal Investigator · Awarded by Future of Life Institute · 2015 - 2018

MAD Lab (Moral Attitudes and Decisions Laboratory)

Institutional SupportPrincipal Investigator · Awarded by New Hampshire Charitable Foundation · 2016 - 2016

Fellowships, Gifts, and Supported Research


Racial Inequality Research Grant: Implicit Racial Moral Approach Avoidance Tendencies: Basic and Practical Applications · 2022 PI · Duke Office of Provost

External Relationships


  • Besample Inc.
  • Many Stocks

This faculty member (or a member of their immediate family) has reported outside activities with the companies, institutions, or organizations listed above. This information is available to institutional leadership and, when appropriate, management plans are in place to address potential conflicts of interest.