Director of Undergraduate Studies
Professor of Philosophy
Phone: (812) 855-4131
Office: Sycamore Hall 015
Office Hours: TBA
B.A. European Intellectual History, University of Pennsylvania, 1991
M.A. Philosophy at Columbia University, 1994
Ph.D. Philosophy at Columbia University, 2001
Indiana University Center for Bioethics, Indianapolis, IN. Affiliate Faculty, May 2005-present.
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Philosophy (Fall 2003-present)
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN. Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy (Fall 2002)
Portland State University, Portland, OR. Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy (2001- 2003).
Franklin & Marshall College, Lancaster, PA. Instructor, Department of Philosophy (1998-2000).
Publications & Works in Progress
Children’s Rights and Children’s Health: Bioethics, Justice and the Child (in progress)
Bioethics through Film, Editor and contributor. Forthcoming, Spring 2007, Johns Hopkins Univ. Press.
“The Human Being in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction: An Argument Against Human Cloning” in Ethical Issues in the 21st Century ed. Frederick Adams, special issue of the Journal of Philosophical Research, 2005.
“Subtle Scripture for an Invisible Church.” Published Sept, 1999; The Paideia Project, www.bu.edu/WCP
“Children’s Rights and Children’s Health” (submitted)
“Scientific Research is an Imperfect Moral Duty: A reply to John Harris” with Kenneth Pimple, (submitted)
“Compassion, A Double-Edged Scalpel” (work in progress)
Review of Dale Jacquette Schopenhauer (Acumen, 2005) in Mind (forthcoming)
Selected Honors, Awards and Fellowships
Interdisciplinary Poynter Center Faculty Fellow, 2004-2005. Fellows meet 10 times during the year to discuss readings and present research. At the end of the year, each fellow will submit a publishable article/chapter relating to the topic of the fellowship: “The Ethics and Politics of Childhood.”
The John Eliot Allen Outstanding Teacher Award, given by the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Portland State University, 2001-2002.
American Society for Aesthetics, Graduate Student Travel Award, for my paper “Feeling as Knowledge: Schopenhauer on Aesthetic Experience and the Ethics of Compassion,” October, 2000.
Lane Cooper Dissertation Fellowship, Columbia University, 1997-1998.
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) Annual Grant for Research in Germany.
Researched the dissertation and participated in the Wellmer Colloquium, Freie Universität, Berlin, 1996-1997.
German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) German Language Scholarship, Karl-Marx Universität, Leipzig, Summer 1995.
Selected Teaching Experience
19th century Philosophy (P304, Indiana University, regularly): This part-lecture, partdiscussion course leads students through an in-depth investigation of the place of art and aesthetic experience in the metaphysical systems of Kant, Hegel, Schopenhauer and Nietzsche. Through frequent writing assignments, students analyze texts such as Kant’s Prolegomena, and 3rd Critique, selections from Hegel and his Introductory Lectures in Aesthetics, Schopenhauer’s The World as Will and Representation, and Nietzsche’s Birth of Tragedy and Beyond Good and Evil.
Justice and Health Care (P345, Problems in Social and Political Philosophy, Indiana University Bloomington, Summer I 2005): This course examines several theories of justice (Rawlsian, libertarian, communitarian, and feminist) and their implications in debates on the following topics: Is there a moral right to health care? What sort of healthcare system (e.g. the Canadian single-payer, the U.S. more market-based, or the British National Health Service) is a just one? The moral/political issues involved in this topic are some of the most pressing in the U.S. today.
Biomedical Ethics (P242, Indiana University, regularly, and Franklin & Marshall College, Spring 1999): This course treats ethical issues in biology and medicine, such as abortion, euthanasia, animal experimentation, genetic engineering, and the just allocation of healthcare.My focus is on developing good moral reasoning and argumentative writing skills in the students through intensive position-paper writing.
Introduction to Ethics (P140, Indiana University, regularly): This part-lecture, partdiscussion course familiarizes students with classic and contemporary texts in meta- and normative ethics, and aims to develop the tools by which students can engage in clear moral reasoning on contemporary “hot topics” such as abortion, global poverty, and animal rights.
Reviewed “Science, Ethics and Society” grant applications for the National Science Foundation.
Director of Undergraduate Studies, Dept. of Philosophy, IUB, 1993-present
Poynter Center for the Study of Ethics and American Institutions, Advisory Board, August 2005-present
Member of IUB, Institutional Review Board for research with human subjects, beginning July, 2006
Membership in Professional Organizations
Association for Practical and Professional Ethics
American Philosophical Association
American Society for Aesthetics
American Society for Bioethics and Humanities