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The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Philosophy

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Faculty Research

Each faculty member of the philosophy department conducts research culminating in journal articles, book chapters, and books. Below is a sampling of some of the more recent and/or noteworthy publications by a few members of our faculty. For more in-depth information on research by department members, including some not listed here, visit the faculty web pages.

Professor Sin yee Chan’s Research and Publications:

Sin yee Chan's research interests are in the areas of Chinese philosophy, ethics, and the emotions. She employs the tools of analytical philosophy to analyze, criticize and develop Chinese ethical ideas, especially those of ancient Confucian philosophers such as Mencius and Confucius himself. Professor Chan has a strong interest in comparative philosophy – in particular, in making comparisons and drawing contrasts between Chinese philosophy and Anglo-American analytical philosophy. Her work in ethics focuses on relationship ethics, feminist care-ethics, and on the critique of major Western ethical traditions such as Kantianism and utilitarianism. She is especially interested in the relationship between the emotions and morality, for instance, in the motivational role of the emotions in moral action.

Articles include:

  • "Confucian Role-ethics and China's Economic Modernization" in Constructing China, ed., Kenneth Lieberthal, Shuen-fu Lin and Ernest Young, (Ann Arbor: Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, 1997).
  • "Disputes on the One Thread of Chung-shu," Journal of Chinese Philosophy, 1998.
  • "Standing Emotions," Southern Journal of Philosophy, 1999.
  • "Paternalistic Wife? Paternalistic Stranger?" Social Theory and Practice, 2000.
  • "Can Shu be the One Word that Serves as the Guiding Principle of Caring Actions?" Philosophy East and West, 2000.
  • "Gender Relationship Roles in the Analects and the Mencius," Asian Philosophy, 2000.
  • "Tang Junyi's Moral Idealism," forthcoming in an anthology on twentieth century Chinese philosophers, Blackwell.

Professor Terence Cuneo’s Research and Publications:

Terence Cuneo's research focuses on metaethics and early modern philosophy, especially the work of Thomas Reid. He has, however, strong interests in philosophy of religion, epistemology, and political philosophy.

His books include:

  • The Normative Web: An Argument for Moral Realism, Oxford, 2007
    • Awarded Honorable Mention Biennial Book Prize by the American Philosophical Association, 2007-2009
  • Foundations of Ethics: An Anthology (edited with Russ Shafer-Landau), Blackwell, 2007
  • Religion in the Liberal Polity, ed. Notre Dame, 2005
  • The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Reid (edited with Rene van Woudenberg) Cambridge, 2004

Recent articles include:

  • "Thomas Reid's Ethics," The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, forthcoming
  • "A Puzzle Regarding Reid's Theory of Motives," British Journal for the History of Philosophy, forthcoming
  • "Hutcheson and Reid on Reason and Passion" in The Oxford Handbook to British Philosophy in the 18th-Century, ed. J. Harris, Oxford, forthcoming
  • "Duty, Good, and God in Thomas Reid's Moral Philosophy" in Reid on Ethics, ed. S. Roeser, Palgrave, 2010
  • "The Myth of Moral Fictionalism" (with Sean Christy) in New Waves in Metaethics, ed. M. Brady, Palgrave, forthcoming
  • "Moral Naturalism and Moral Reasons" in Ethical Naturalism: Current Debates, ed. S. Nuccetelli and G. Seay, Cambridge, forthcoming
  • "Moral Realism, Quasi-realism, and Skepticism" in The Oxford Handbook to Skepticism, ed. John Greco (Oxford), 2008
  • "Recent Faces of Moral Nonnaturalism," Philosophy Compass, 2008

Professor Louis deRosset’s Research and Publications:

Professor deRosset's main research areas are metaphysics and the philosophy of language. He is especially interested in issues concerning the metaphysics of modality, and the utility and limits of explanation and reduction in metaphysics.

His publications include:

  • "A New Route to the Necessity of Origin", Mind, vol. 113, no. 452.
  • "Production and Necessity", Philosophical Review, vol. 118, no. 2.
  • "Getting Priority Straight", Philosophical Studies, vol. 149, no. 1.

Professor Tyler Doggett’s Research and Publications:

Professor Doggett is interested in ethics, philosophy of mind, early modern philosophy and metaphysics.

His publications iinclude:

  • "Wanting Things You Don’t Want” (co-written with Andy Egan), Philosophers’ Imprint vol. 7, no. 9
  • "Why Kamm's and Scanlon's Arguments Against Taurek Don't Work,” The Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy vol. 3, no. 3
  • "Why Leibniz Believes Descartes Was Wrong and the Scholastics Were Right,” Philosophical Studies149: 1-18
  • "How We Feel About Terrible, Non-existent Mafiosi” (co-written with Andy Egan), forthcoming in Philosophy and Phenomenological Research
  • "Saving the Few," forthcoming in Nous
  • "Does Nagel’s Footnote 11 Solve the Mind-Body Problem?” (co-written with Daniel Stoljar), forthcoming in Philosophical Issues
  • "Recent Work on the Ethics of Self-Defense,” forthcoming in Philosophy Compass

block Professor Mark Moyer’s Research and Publications:

Professor Moyer’s research lies primarily in metaphysics, especially material constitution and modality. A common theme in his work is an attempt to show how various metaphysical puzzles are the result of semantic confusion.

His publications include:

  • “Does Four-Dimensionalism Explain Coincidence?”, Australasian Journal of Philosophy, June 2009 (vol. 87, issue 3, pp. 479-488)
  • “A Survival Guide to Fission”, Philosophical Studies, December 2008 (vol. 141, no. 3, pp. 299-322)
  • “Why We Shouldn't Swallow Worm Slices: A Case Study in Semantic Accommodation”, Noûs, March 2008 (vol. 42, no. 1, pp. 109-138)
  • “Weak and Global Supervenience Are Strong”, Philosophical Studies, March 2008 (vol. 138, no. 1, pp. 125-150)
  • “Statues and Lumps: A Strange Coincidence?”, Synthese, January 2006 (vol. 148, issue 2, pp. 401-423)

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