Emeritus Elton Professor of Philosophy and Professor of Public Policy
Areas of Expertise
Ethics and Policy, Economic Justice, Social and Political Philosophy
The Department of Philosophy and University at large lost a great colleague and philosopher on February 11, 2014.
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Ph.D. and M.A., Yale University
B.A., University of Notre Dame
"The Reach of Property Rights when Environmental Effects are not Local" in Values in an Age of Globalization: Selected Proceedings of the 28th Conference on Value Inquiry, ed. Kevin Dodson, an e-publication posted Fall 2005.
"Trusteeship: A Practical Option for Realizing our Obligations to Future Generations?" in Moral and Political Reasoning in Environmental Practice, ed. by Andrew Light and Avner de-Shalit (Cambridge: MIT Press, 2003).
"Economic Man as Moral Individual", with R.S. Goldfarb and R. Dowell, Economic Inquiry XXXVI, Oct. 1998, 645-653.
"Moral Codes and Professional Ethics", in AMSTAT News (American Statistical Assoc.), March 1995.
"Equality and Egalitarianism: Framing the Contemporary Debate", Canadian Journal of Law and Jurisprudence VII (Jan. 1994), 5-26.
"Protecting and Providing for Future Generations: The Present Generation as Trustee", with research assistance from John Hartung, J.D., in Deciding for the Future: Issue Papers, B. L. Catron (ed.) (Washington, D.C.: National Academy of Public Administration, 1994), pp. 65-73.
'Informed Consent' and Privacy Protection: Historical Development of the Doctrine and Applicability to Census Bureau Activities: A Report prepared for the U.S. Census Bureau, with the collaboration of R.P. Churchill. Part III: "Informed Consent in Behavioral and Social Science Research". 98 pp. (Washington, D.C.: US Census Bureau, 1994). [Part I: "Origin of Informed Consent in Biomedical Research" (1987), 25pp; Part II (by R.P. Churchill): "Informed Consent in Clinical Medicine and in Research on Human Subjects: Theory and Practice" (1987), 49pp.]
"Market Forces and Faculty Autonomy in the Contemporary American University", in Academic Freedom and University Autonomy, CEPES Papers in Higher Education (Bucharest: Europ. Centre for Higher Education of UNESCO, 1993), pp. 265-269.
"The 'Theory as Map Analogy' and Changes in Assumption Sets in Economics", with R.S. Goldfarb, in Socioeconomics: Towards a New Synthesis, A. Etzioni and P. Lawrence, eds. Armonk. (NY: M.E. Sharpe Inc., 1991), pp. 105-129.
"Amending the Economist's 'Rational Egoist' Model to Include Moral Values and Norms, Part I: The Problem", with R.S. Goldfarb, in Social Norms and Economic Institutions, K. Koford and J. Miller, eds. (Ann Arbor: Univ. of Michigan Press, 1991), pp. 39-58.
"Amending the Economist's 'Rational Egoist' Model to Include Moral Values and Norms, Part II: Alternative Solutions", with R.S. Goldfarb, ibid. pp. 59-84.
"Responses to Our Commentators", with R.S. Goldfarb, ibid., pp. 107-113.
"Postscript to 'The Relevance of Professional Philosophy' -- after Five Years", in Applying Philosophy (along with republication of original 1982 paper), T. Bynum and W. Vitek, eds. (Hyde Park, NY: Meta-philosophy Foundation, 1988).
"Ethics and the Academic Professional", republished in Professional Ideals, A. Flores, ed. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Pub. Co., 1988, pp. 202-211.
"How Have Various Professions Dealt with Ethics Issues?", American Historical Association Proceedings 1985 (Ann Arbor, MI: University Microfilms International, 1986).
"Confidentiality, the Right to Privacy, and the Social Benefits of Data Sharing", First Annual Census Bureau Research Conference,
March 22-24, 1985 (Washington, D.C.: U.S. Gov't Printing Office).
"Fairness in Hiring Practices", in Readings in Business and Professional Ethics, W. Hamilton, ed. (Lexington, MA: University of Maryland-Open University/Ginn Pub. Co., 1983).
"Professional Responsibility", in Readings in Business and Professional Ethics, W. Hamilton, ed. (Lexington, MA: University of Maryland-Open University/Ginn Pub. Co., 1983).
"Ethics and the Academic Professional", Business and Professional Ethics Journal, I (1982), pp. 75-95.
"The Relevance of Professional Philosophy", Metaphilosophy, XIII (Jul/Oct 1982), pp. 181-200.
"Symbolic Logic and the Appraisal of Arguments", Teaching Philosophy I, #1 (1975-76), pp. 13-20.