Christopher P. Long

MSU Foundation Professor, Dean of the College of Arts & Letters (External link opens in a new window.), Dean of the MSU Honors College (External link opens in a new window.), and Professor of Philosophy at Michigan State University.

Welcome to, a website designed to give digital voice to a philosophical life. Here you will find information about my academic and administrative life, including my publications, projects, and initiatives.

At the heart of my work is a commitment to writing along the way, so I encourage you to engage actively with the The Long Road blog by reading, sharing, and commenting. Thank you for visiting this little corner of the digital world.



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Ted Loder looking to his right with a joyful smile on his face, with Jan Filing, his wife looking on from behind and out of focus.LivingThe Long Road
September 14, 2021

The Art of Procrastination

On September 12, 2021, we remembered the life and legacy of Ted Loder, my stepfather, and long-time Senior Minister at First United Methodist Church of Germantown. In collaboration with my step-siblings, we created the montage…
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August 31, 2021

To the Class of 2025: Let Us Begin Again Together

To the Class of 2025, Welcome to Michigan State University, to the College of Arts & Letters, and to the MSU Honors College! You begin your MSU journey at a time like no other. As…
Ted Loder making a point, and pointing his finger. Joy on his face.LivingThe Long Road
April 4, 2021

Love One Another

Ted Loder, eloquent preacher, fierce advocate for justice, long-time minister of the First United Methodist Church in Germantown, and my beloved stepfather, died on Thursday, April 1, 2021. Ted always encouraged us to watch for…