Christopher Frugé

Christopher Frugé

Junior Research Fellow in Philosophy


Before joining St John's in October 2023, I was a Departmental Lecturer in the Faculty of Philosophy and Hertford College. I received my PhD from Rutgers University in May 2023.


I teach in many areas of metaphysics and ethics as well as social philosophy.

Research Interests

I work on ethics and metaphysics. I'm interested in how we can create genuinely new aspects of reality, with an eye toward implications for value and death. I’m developing a subjectivist account of wellbeing that treats personal value as a genuinely real artefact, where this allows us to create value for ourselves that persists posthumously. I aim to eventually expand this artifactual approach to an account of self-regarding and other-regarding reasons. As a framework for this conception of normativity, I am developing a metaphysics of dependence and properties that can capture how we can create both concrete and abstract artefacts, including normative ones.

Recent publications

Against Instantiation. Australasian Journal of Philosophy. Forthcoming. (

Janus-Faced Grounding. Ergo. Forthcoming. (

Aggregating Personal Value. Oxford Studies in Metaethics 19. Forthcoming. (

Structuring Wellbeing. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 105(3):  564-580. 2022. (

Permanent Value. Journal of the American Philosophical Association 8(2): 356-372. 2022. (

Artifactual Normativity. Synthese 200(126): 1-19. 2022. (