Joined the faculty in 1981
Ph.D., York, Toronto
Donald R. Harter '39 Professor in the Humanities
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Current scholarly interests:
I am currently working on how the notion of humanitarian intervention requires that we rethink our ideas of just war and national sovereignty.
Previous teaching experience:
Bowling Green State University
Courses Routinely Taught:
Morality and Self-Interest
Philosophy of Law
Liberty and Community
Morality of War and Nuclear Weapons,
Intervention, Terrorism, and Torture: Contemporary Challenges to Just War Theory, edited (Dordrecht: Springer, 2007).
Ethics and Weapons of Mass Destruction, co-edited with Sohail Hashmi (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2004).
What Is the Argument? Critical Thinking in the Real World (New York: McGraw-Hill, 2002).
Morality Prudence, and Nuclear Weapons (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993, 1996).
Nuclear Weapons, Nuclear States, and Terrorism, co-author (Cornwall-on-Hudson, NY: Sloan Publishing, 2007) (4th edition of work previously published by Prentice Hall, as The Nuclear Predicament, 2000, 1992, 1989).
Nuclear Weapons and the Future of Humanity, co-edited with Avner Cohen
(Lanham, MD: Rowman and Allanheld, 1986).
"What's Living and What's Dead in Nuclear Ethics" in Anthony Lang and Al Pierce (eds.) Just War in the 21st Century: Ethics the Use of Force, and American Foreign Policy (Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, forthcoming)
"From Domestic Peace to International Peace, in J. Kunkel and P. Smithka (eds.), Community, Diversity, and Difference: Implications for Peace (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2002), pp. 299-307
"A Paradox of Democracy," Public Affairs Quarterly 15, no. 3 (July, 2001), pp. 261-69
"Democracy and the Problem of Persistent Minorities," in Larry May et al. (eds.), Groups and Group Rights (Lawrence, KS: University of Kansas Press, 2001), pp. 124-36
"Sovereignty and Positive Peace," in Judith Presler and Sally Scholz (eds.) Peacemaking: Lessons from the Past, Visions for the Future (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000), pp. 191-299
American Philosophical Association
Concerned Philosophers for Peace (past president)
Association for the Philosophy of Law and Social Philosophy, American Section (Amintaphil) (president, 2011-2013);
Creighton Club, New York State Philosophical Association
American Association of University Professors
I am especially interested in the ways in which social and technological changes require alterations in our moral understanding of areas of human activity such as warfare, environmental stewardship, and medicine. I have done extensive work on the ethical challenges posed by nuclear weapons. I have also recently written a textbook in critical thinking, in which I seek to show readers how to understand and evaluate arguments they find in their everyday lives, and how to create arguments of their own.